FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Ivy Hollinrake is the Nurse Manager of cardiac rehab at the Porter Heart Center at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.
"So this month is what we call heart month, so we incorporate valentine's day, which is always fun and most people think about valentine's day, it's also cardio rehab week,” said Hollinrake.
She says it's a time to spend a little more attention to detail, focusing on heart health.
"And you know taking care of it. So that's what we try to make learning fun and help encourage people to take better care of themselves," She Said.
Just like cupid, heart disease can target both men and woman. In fact, nearly the same amount of woman die every year, as men die from heart disease.
"What’s up with that right? So people are thinking it's not me, it couldn't happen to me, and one out of three women, which I believe were the last statistics I read die of heart problems so it is significant," Hollinrake said.
She says everyone should be aware of what the risk factors are of heart disease. She shared some of the signs and symptoms to look out for.
"So the classic is pain or pressure or pain in the chest, it can be right there, or it could feel like heartburn, it can radiate from one arm to the other arm, it can radiate up into the throat, into the jaw, between your shoulder blades," she stated.
Shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea and sometimes light headedness are also signs that may go unnoticed. Although genetics could be a factor in heart disease, taking preventative measures could lower your risk significantly.
" I have to say in my lots of years of nursing, exercise and movement is going to be at the very top of the list," Said Hollinrake.
She says incorporating a good diet, reducing stress and not smoking can also be great ways of showing the heart some love.