Series Code: AL
Program Code: AL000220A
00:01 You know, people often say
00:03 that a number one killer of women is actually cancer.
00:09 But we have news for you today
00:10 because guess what?
00:11 The number one killer
00:12 of women is really heart disease.
00:15 Stay by.
00:50 Hi, welcome to Abundant Living.
00:52 I'm Curtis Eakins, the co-host and this is my wife...
00:56 Okay, wait a minute, now what--
00:57 Honey, okay, what's the problem here?
00:59 I'm-- I'm, oh, hi.
01:00 Okay. This is kind of rude.
01:01 Okay. I was reading...
01:03 Oh, this is a fantastic book here and it's talking about...
01:06 Before you talk about what you're reading,
01:08 let me first introduce
01:09 that you may be share with all what you're reading.
01:12 So this is my wife Paula Eakins.
01:14 Hi. You say hi, okay.
01:16 Now, you are missing about heart disease
01:20 because, you know,
01:21 people have asked that question on the streets.
01:22 I know.
01:23 And for years they would say,
01:26 what do you think is the number one killer for women.
01:30 And about 30 years ago,
01:32 quite a few people would say breast cancer.
01:35 All right, and so and then 30 years later
01:40 that number really hasn't dropped that much.
01:43 Some people still think it's breast cancer,
01:46 only other type of cancer,
01:48 but the number one killer is heart disease.
01:52 The second killer is not even close.
01:54 So now, you're reading something because.
01:57 Every month-- Every month...
01:59 Back in the month of February,
02:00 I guess you're trying to figure out
02:01 then it's called Go Red,
02:03 and that's because in the month of February,
02:06 we ask the women, United States women
02:08 to wear red in the month of February
02:10 which is called Go Red.
02:12 Now, I'm wearing red too.
02:13 I'm not the woman, so I try to represent.
02:15 You represent but the reason
02:17 why it's Go Red for women is because we're trying
02:20 to really make sure that women understand
02:22 that heart attack is the number one killer of women.
02:25 All right, and so there's some statistics
02:26 that actually been out here
02:27 and I know we're gonna show those
02:29 but it is talked about the fact of 1 in 3.
02:32 We're now at the point of 1 in 3.
02:34 One in three women.
02:35 One in three women will actually suffer
02:37 from some type of cardiovascular event.
02:39 Oh, okay.
02:40 And that's pretty heavy.
02:42 Okay, that's pretty heavy.
02:43 And so it says a lot of things in here.
02:45 I know we're going to be talking about that,
02:46 but I was just so intrigued
02:47 because number one is that
02:49 we're wearing red and to, you know, be a part of it.
02:52 And number two is that,
02:54 in Huntsville we actually did a whole program
02:57 called a Million Heart Conference.
02:58 And in Million Heart Conference,
03:00 it was amazing,
03:02 because it was a three day conference
03:03 and we ask people to come in and we talked about
03:06 cardiovascular health, heart disease.
03:08 We got into the whole thing about women with stroke
03:10 and heart attacks which is totally different
03:13 from a man, okay.
03:14 And the place was packed.
03:17 The first night they came from everywhere.
03:19 Community, the church members.
03:21 Our pastor was very, very surprised,
03:23 I mean we had over 150 some people,
03:25 they showed up on a very first evening.
03:27 Yeah, and what my wife
03:29 is talking about the Million Heart,
03:31 the Center for Disease Control
03:33 and also the National Institute of Health,
03:35 they combined together to launch
03:37 the Million Heart campaign.
03:38 This is a 7 year campaign
03:40 to reduce the amount of heart attacks and strokes
03:42 by 1 million by the year I think 2017.
03:46 So we are the Health Ministry Director
03:48 of South Central Conference.
03:51 Since we live in the middle of the stroke belt,
03:55 we thought it would be necessary
03:56 to be part of that national initiative
03:58 so we are now a national partner,
04:01 the Health Department of South Central Conference
04:03 and we want to emphasize awareness
04:06 of heart attacks and strokes.
04:08 And so the Million Heart is reason why they call it that
04:11 to reduce the amount of heart attacks and strokes
04:13 by 1 million in the 6 or 7 year period.
04:17 And so it was also my event
04:19 and for those who want to, after this program,
04:23 we'll give you the website right now.
04:25 We taped that event, the two day event
04:28 and you can go
04:29 to the South Central Conference website,
04:32 a Seventh-day Adventist,
04:34 and go click to the health ministry's page,
04:37 as you can see the two night event
04:39 that we videotaped for those two nights.
04:41 Yeah, and you said-- I said three,
04:43 and the reason why I said three nights
04:44 is because the first two nights
04:45 was actually cardiovascular stroke, heart attack
04:47 and then last night we showed a video
04:50 and it was absolutely a mind-boggling,
04:52 open your eyes kind of thing.
04:55 Now, on top of that
04:56 though we had a Million Heart Conference
04:57 and then just most recently we had a whole program
05:00 called Women's Wellness Week.
05:02 And Women's Wellness Week was every topic or hot topic
05:05 dealing with woman and their health,
05:06 and you know that stroke and heart attack
05:08 became a program as well.
05:10 Once again, standing room only lots of women came out
05:13 because it's-- we experience
05:16 heart attacks and strokes totally different from males.
05:20 As a matter of fact back in the day
05:22 that was all the ways back,
05:24 most of the research was done on men
05:26 and not on women.
05:27 And then the women's health initiative started up
05:30 out at Washington DC.
05:32 And they began doing a lot of research on women
05:34 and women's health on any topic
05:35 you could think about that dealt with women,
05:37 they did it and so of course heart disease
05:40 became a real big issue,
05:42 heart attacks and stroke and so.
05:44 They did books and recipes
05:46 and all kind of stuff dealing with it,
05:47 trying to make women more aware of what's going on.
05:50 Now, our program is entitled Go Red.
05:55 And so the book you're reading is the book Go Red.
05:58 Go Red.
05:59 On this website Go Red and go to that website
06:02 and get a lot of information about women and heart disease.
06:04 Now, let's go to our first graphic
06:06 because it gives about some statistics
06:08 and some numbers as far as the rate
06:11 of women dying from different diseases.
06:15 So let's go to our first graphic at this time
06:17 because these numbers are simple astounding.
06:19 The leading causes of death for woman.
06:23 Now, of course right up at the top
06:24 is heart disease is number one,
06:28 and then stroke is number two,
06:29 so between those two is almost half a million.
06:35 And then your lung cancer,
06:37 chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD,
06:40 and then breast cancer is at the bottom
06:42 of this list of 41,000.
06:44 So you see there that if you combine
06:47 number one and number two,
06:49 heart disease and stroke,
06:51 you're looking at almost a half million women dying
06:55 from cardiovascular events just from those right there.
06:59 And so therefore you can see that this is a topic
07:02 that is disproportionately more fatal for women than for men,
07:08 and a lot of women are simply misdiagnosed.
07:12 We'll talk about that later on as well so.
07:15 But now you have something else that you read.
07:17 Well, they had a couple of comments
07:19 that was being made in here and it was talking about,
07:20 it called it the five simple choices to make.
07:23 And one of course is that
07:24 of being empowered, know the facts.
07:27 You know, once again we just talked about the Go Red.
07:29 You can go online and get information
07:31 knowing those facts, the five facts about us
07:33 and heart disease and how we actually
07:35 have heart attacks and strokes different from that of men.
07:38 It also talked about knowing your numbers.
07:40 You know, the one thing that
07:41 I was surprised at the conferences,
07:43 both conference that we had,
07:44 the Women's Wellness Week as well as the Heart,
07:46 Million Heart Conference was that we asked the question,
07:49 how many of you in here know
07:51 your cholesterol scores, triglycerides scores,
07:54 your LDL, your HDL,
07:56 all those numbers that deal with the fat levels
07:58 and a lot of them did not know their numbers.
08:01 And then on top of that sometime they did the reading
08:04 and they found out their scores,
08:06 the overall cholesterol score,
08:07 we talked about that before heart disease
08:09 was very, very high.
08:10 But then I said you to go in
08:12 and see what is your triglyceride level,
08:13 your HDL, your LDL, the HDL,
08:16 high-density lipoprotein.
08:17 These are the good guys.
08:18 We want to have those numbers up high.
08:20 Back in the day they used to say
08:22 that those numbers were about, may be 30 you would be okay.
08:24 No, no, no, no,
08:26 now where we are looking at anything 50 and above,
08:28 okay, for the level.
08:29 And so this can be something
08:31 that can drive a women's numbers up.
08:33 She might be above the number where she is supposed to be,
08:35 but when you go inside the cholesterol
08:38 and look at those different numbers,
08:39 that's where the rubber meets the road.
08:42 we also had and this is also a good critical thing to do
08:46 to if the peripheral arterial disease better known as PAD.
08:51 Where we went to...
08:54 Crestwood Hospital in Huntsville,
08:56 and they had a free screening of the PAD,
08:58 peripheral arterial disease.
09:00 They had a Doppler to deal
09:01 and put in a Doppler on our leg,
09:04 and the doctor came in,
09:05 and you can hear the blood flow through our veins, our legs.
09:09 He did on both of our legs and this doctor said
09:13 this is one of the best legs I have ever seen.
09:16 You guys must be walkers.
09:17 And of course we do walk,
09:19 but again it just tells you that
09:20 by walking on a consistent basis,
09:23 we increase our blood flow.
09:24 So he says, this is one of the best legs
09:27 he has ever seen.
09:29 He wasn't trying to heal me,
09:30 just talking from a medical standpoint.
09:31 No, no, no, no.
09:32 He said, actually it was both of us in the room.
09:34 Yeah, both of us were in the room together.
09:36 And then Curtis being a gentleman
09:37 that he is he said ladies first.
09:40 So he did my legs first, then he did your legs.
09:42 Then he said, this are the best legs
09:44 I've ever seen, I mean, I can't believe it.
09:46 Then he asked us we were walkers
09:47 and he questioned us, so which means
09:49 that's one of the other real key points
09:51 that is walking is another key point.
09:54 Because see one corporate or cardiovascular disease,
09:59 of course there are coronary arteries in the heart
10:01 is that if the arteries are bad in the leg,
10:04 if they're clogged up, all right, collocation,
10:08 therefore it could be more likely clog
10:11 in the coronary arteries in the heart as well.
10:15 So that's the indication.
10:16 If the legs are good,
10:18 arteries are good in the legs, good circulation,
10:20 more than likely there's a good circulation
10:22 in the coronary arteries and also the carotid artery
10:25 'cause every time the heart beats
10:27 20% of blood goes through
10:28 the carotid artery to the brain.
10:30 So therefore carotid artery is clogged
10:33 and of course you have a stroke
10:35 with arteries in the coronary arteries
10:37 that you have heart attack.
10:38 So if the legs are healthy,
10:40 it's a good indication the arteries in the heart
10:44 and the carotid artery is also healthy as well,
10:46 so this is a good way of determining
10:48 one's cardiovascular health.
10:50 One of thing is really good here too, Curtis,
10:52 and that is that in our community
10:54 they have the different health events
10:55 and stuff to come through
10:57 and of course by it's being a self supported ministry
10:59 which means we'll follow 1C3
11:01 and we eat from God's hand to our mouth,
11:04 so that means that when it comes to insurances
11:06 and stuff like that, we used to have a issue
11:08 because we did not have it at that time.
11:10 And so along with that when these different things
11:12 came in like the free screenings
11:14 that come into communities,
11:15 we were always there for free screening
11:17 and this one here,
11:18 it had to with the legs and veins,
11:19 it was a free screening so.
11:21 Check it out in your neighborhood.
11:22 Okay, now, what we're going to do first, people.
11:25 We really need to zero in on the symptoms
11:30 of heart attack and the symptoms
11:34 of a stroke for women not men,
11:39 for women because this is Go Red.
11:44 So our focus is on women and cardiovascular health.
11:49 Therefore the symptoms are not the same,
11:52 some are similar but then these symptoms
11:55 may not be as, you know, prevalent in men
11:59 but they are more prevalent in women.
12:00 So let's go to screen.
12:01 Let's look at some of the symptoms
12:02 that women can experience
12:03 as far as heart attack is concern.
12:06 All right, the warning signs.
12:08 Number one, now we all hear and see the,
12:11 you know, they typical
12:13 someone grabbing their chest, chest pain.
12:15 Okay, we get that men and women.
12:17 But what you may not know that women in particular
12:21 also experience or can experience
12:24 shortness of breath.
12:26 Folks, we are talking about weeks before a heart attack,
12:31 shortness of breath.
12:32 Sweating, nausea/vomiting.
12:36 Nausea, those who of course in United States
12:38 know about Rosie O' Donnell,
12:41 popular actor here who has been reported
12:43 to have nausea and vomiting,
12:45 regurgitation several weeks
12:48 before she had her heart attack in 2012.
12:51 So we're not talking about days
12:52 but sometimes weeks of nausea, of vomiting, fatigue.
12:57 Look at this, jaw and neck pain.
13:01 This is not typical in men, but it can be typical in women.
13:06 And what happens with the jaw pain and neck pain,
13:08 sometimes the heart...
13:10 does not give a signal that is stress,
13:14 therefore the pain irradiates into jaw and the neck.
13:19 This can be days even weeks before a heart attack.
13:24 I remember one cardiovascular doctor
13:27 mention that she had a patient that every time
13:30 she walked on treadmill, her jaw hurt.
13:34 When she got off the treadmill, the jaw stop hurting,
13:38 she went on treadmill again, the jaw hurt.
13:41 And lo and behold she says later on that woman
13:43 actually experienced a heart attack, so jaw pain.
13:46 And this is something that women simply overlook
13:50 that we need to understand
13:51 that this is one of the symptoms
13:53 of becoming a heart attack victim,
13:57 heart attacks and strokes, all right.
13:59 Now, I want to say something about strokes,
14:01 that's heart attack strokes.
14:03 Johns Hopkins they did a survey of over,
14:07 just over 1000 hospitals
14:11 incorporating about 187,000 patients
14:14 as far as strokes were concerned
14:17 not heart attacks but strokes.
14:19 They determined that two of the main symptoms
14:25 of a stroke, two symptoms
14:27 that most people misdiagnosed going to the ER,
14:31 they had dizziness and headaches.
14:35 And determine that some of those people
14:37 were turned away, send back home
14:40 because they thought, oh, she has a migraine
14:42 or just chronic fatigue syndrome
14:44 and within 7 days a lot of those people
14:48 actually had to stroke who were sent home misdiagnosed
14:53 and those two symptoms was dizziness and headache.
14:57 So those are also some symptoms of stroke as well,
15:01 because women's vessels are smaller than men.
15:04 So we need to be mindful that these symptoms
15:06 that we may not be mindful about once we know that
15:09 and beware of that that we should make
15:11 those rightful decisions right away.
15:13 Well, you know, sometimes, ladies,
15:14 we get so busy with stuff going on with our family
15:17 and our neighbors and running hither thither
15:19 and yon that even when things start up,
15:22 we just ignore it.
15:24 I've often heard a story that we will get to the point
15:26 where we get so sick until we don't even ask
15:30 anybody to take us to the hospital.
15:31 We just get in the car and go our self
15:33 have a heart attack of stroke on our way to the hospital.
15:36 So when things happen,
15:37 when you're feeling that stress,
15:39 when you're feeling that pain,
15:40 you're feeling the stuff in your jaw,
15:41 you know go to the hospital.
15:43 We also say dial 911 or get to the hospital
15:47 because that can actually save your life, you know.
15:49 And I think that whole thing of talking about
15:51 the different ways we experience
15:53 heart attacks and stroke is so key.
15:55 And of course, you know, more information,
15:56 now of course our show is so short,
15:58 but more information about Go Red is out there,
16:00 also the women's initiative is out there as well
16:04 and so what other things do can we talk about that
16:07 actually can help us here as well.
16:09 Well, there is one key thing that
16:11 we can talk about finishing up on this topic right here
16:14 when it comes to, particularly it comes to women is--
16:17 Well, let's just go to the screen.
16:18 Let just talk about this.
16:20 I want to read this and we gonna expand
16:21 on this right here.
16:23 The Stress Factor! This is a Mayo Clinic.
16:26 This is profound ladies.
16:28 "Stress is the strongest risk factor
16:35 predicting future cardiac events."
16:39 Stress, now we can talk a whole program
16:42 just on stress itself.
16:44 Sometimes women do a lot of things
16:46 and too much on their plate,
16:48 not taking time off for themselves.
16:50 They're taking care of all the other family members
16:52 but themselves causes stress,
16:55 a lack of sleep, all these things impact
16:58 the central nervous system, the heart muscle,
17:02 therefore you got the symptoms.
17:03 If we're not aware of those symptoms
17:05 then sometime we just forget about
17:07 oh, I'm, just having a little headache
17:09 or little pain in the jaw, in the neck
17:11 and you know, eventually it may be a heart attack
17:16 or the dizziness, headache
17:17 or just a light, slight headache,
17:19 little dizziness little bit, may be it's vertical
17:22 because some ER doctors misdiagnose this as vertical.
17:29 And sent the women home.
17:31 Some within 48 hours actually had a stroke,
17:35 so therefore we need to be mindful of that.
17:37 Well, it's lot we can talk about
17:38 on this subject once again too
17:40 'cause every subject can be almost hour or two hours long.
17:42 So if you want more information about that
17:44 like we said before you can gored.com.org.
17:47 And also you can get information
17:49 from the women's government
17:53 that has a whole slew of information
17:54 for women and women heart disease and also stroke.
17:57 There are certain names and numbers
17:59 we need to keep in our mind and if you're not feeling good,
18:02 don't just stay home please.
18:05 Dial 911, get somebody or get to the hospital.
18:10 You know, it's very, very, very touchy subject
18:13 but it's one that need to be talked about.
18:15 And we're going into the kitchen
18:16 because you know, one of the things
18:17 we talked about was high cholesterol
18:19 and all the kinds, so we'll go and taste some good food today.
18:22 We're gonna stir, do a stir fry,
18:24 mixed vegetable, get your paper and your pencil
18:26 and meet us in kitchen.