NM Launches Heart Campaign For Hispanic Women

Feb 15, 2013

The New Mexico Department of Health is launching a campaign to educate Hispanic women about heart attack symptoms.

Health Secretary Retta Wards and Gov. Susana Martinez announced the campaign Thursday, saying heart disease is the second leading cause of death among Hispanic women in New Mexico.

The department is one of ten organizations to receive a grant for the effort from the U.S. Health and Human Services Office of Women's Health.

Wards says a survey by the American Heart Association showed that fewer than half of Latina women age 55 and older recognized the typical heart attack symptoms of chest pain, shortness of breath and pain that spreads to the shoulder, neck, or arms. Less than 15 percent recognized nausea, vomiting or unusual fatigue as atypical symptoms.