“It’s a man’s disease…”
“Shouldn’t women worry more about cancer?”
“I’m not overweight so I am fine…”
“I’m too young to have heart issues…”
Are these things you have thought or said regarding heart disease? If so, think again.
For decades heart disease has been recognized as the number one killer of all Americans. That’s right ladies, ALL Americans. In fact, 10 years ago, The American Heart Association found that heart disease kills more women than men. On top of that, heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined!
More than 627,000 lives saved.
Although heart disease in women is not something to celebrate, the lives saved through the awareness of campaigns such as Go Red For Women is something worth celebrating. Networks such as Go Red For Women have been formed through non-profits like American Heart Association in hopes of creating the awareness necessary to reduce the risks of all heart disease. In the past 10 years, more than 627,000 women’s lives have been saved through Go Red For Women’s support of gender specific research, funds for medical testing, and, most importantly, lifestyle changes.
Before, not after.
I’m not talking about the lifestyle changes made after being diagnosed with heart disease. I mean the changes made to prevent heart disease. Making changes such as a healthy diet plan, joining a weight loss program, increasing physical activity, quitting smoking, and having your cholesterol levels checked are all productive steps in reducing your risk of heart disease.
Did you wear red?
February 7 was National Wear Red Day and Middle Tennessee went all out. State and government buildings, large corporations, and even local shops showed their support by displaying the symbolic red in some fashion. State officials and local celebrities were also spreading awareness with their flare of red. Although the official day to wear red has passed, the entire month of February is Heart Awareness Month.
Something to talk about.
So ladies, let’s do what we do best…talk. That’s right. Talk about the risk of heart disease in women. Talk about the strides you are going to make to improve your heart health. Talk about why you participated in National Wear Red Day. Spreading awareness could mean saving a life.