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Published on February 10th, 2012 | by Mercy Less

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Leatherneck Shares Her Story: Heart Disease And Women

The Carolina Rollergirls blog shares the story of former CRG skater Leatherneck for your benefit. The takeaway message: listen to your body.

“CRG recently said goodbye to one of its dedicated players on the mend. At the end of the 2011 season, LEATHERNECK left North Carolina to start a new life in Tennessee. This move has not been the only big change in LEATHERNECK’s life in the last year. Last season, at the Palmetto State Roller Girls Invitational in Myrtle Beach, NC, LEATHERNECK suffered a heart attack. As a veteran of the United States Marine Corp and a Carolina Rollergirl it is obvious that LEATHERNECK is tough, but she learned one important message that day she wants to share: listen to your body. If you feel like something is wrong, it probably is.”

Heart Disease is the number one killer of women in the United States.*

Here, in a video, Leatherneck shares her story at a recent bout.

A woman’s heart attack symptoms can be different than those classically exhibited by men. Men’s symptoms are well known from portrayal in media. This article from the Women’s Heart Foundation explains women’s symptoms and provides an action plan for treatment and prevention. If you are involved in your league’s training or medical departments, this is a must-read.

“There are about 500,000 heart attack deaths in the U.S. each year. At least 250,000 people die before they even get to the hospital. Many of these deaths could be prevented by acting quickly and by getting treatment right away, especially within the first hour of having chest pain.”

For more information about heart disease and women, the National Institues Of Health provides this primer. Please enjoy these brief videos below from the Heart Truth campaign.

*(in the disease category – mortality and morbidity rates show that husbands and boyfriends are actually statistically the leading cause of women’s deaths in the U.S. in most years)

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