I’d like to believe women of a certain age are well red (pun intended) about heart disease.
Hats off to the American Heart Association for their Go Red for Women national campaign to help educate women about heart disease. The number one killer of women causing 1 in 3 deaths each year.
The first Friday in February is the special day designated to bring attention and awareness to heart disease in women by wearing red. With over a decade of success, the American Heart Association’s research and education to healthy lifestyle changes, the AHA is proud that:
– Nearly 90% have made at least one healthier behavior change
– More than one-third has lost weight
– More than 50% have increased their exercise
– 6 out of 10 have changed their diets
– More than 40% have checked their cholesterol levels
– One third has talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans
– Today, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day
– Death in women has decreased by more than 30 percent over the past 10 years
Important information you should be aware of:
Warning Signs of Heart Attack, Stroke & Cardiac Arrest:
Heart Attack Warning Signs: Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
– Discomfort in other areas of the upper body
– Shortness of breath
– Other Signs: May include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
Stroke Warning Signs: Spot a stroke F.A.S.T.
– Face drooping
– Arm Weakness
– Speech Difficulty
– Time to Call 911
Cardiac Arrest Warning Signs:
Sudden Loss of Responsiveness: No normal breathing
80% of all cardiac events are preventable especially when you follow the Go Red guidelines:
– Follow an exercise routine
– Eat a Heart Healthy Diet
– Visit your doctor for important tests (some key ones: High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Cholesterol , Inflammation and Adult Immunizations)
– Influence your girls by talking about heart health
Join the movement, be well red on Friday, February 6 and live heart-healthy every day.