Did you know that today is National Wear Red Day®? It’s the day the American Heart Association encourages us to Go Red For Women, wear red to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease, and donate to support research on the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.
Five Whys To Go Red For Women
1. Heart disease is the #1 killer of women, causing one in three deaths each year. Heart disease is more deadly than all cancers combined!
2. Heart attack symptoms can be very different for women. Women may not experience extreme chest pain, but instead my have symptoms including shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, back pain, jaw pain, dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting, and/or extreme fatigue.
3. Heart disease can affect women who are fit. This information from the American Heart Association website really got my attention.
Even if you’re a yoga-loving, marathon-running workout fiend, your risk for heart disease isn’t completely eliminated. Factors like cholesterol, eating habits and smoking can counterbalance your other healthy habits.
They also note that birth control bills can be a risk factor. They might have contributed to the DVT I experienced on a business trip.
4. Even if heart disease runs in your family, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk. Learn them. Do them. Encourage others in your family to join you.
5. Lifestyle changes can reduce your risk for heart disease by as much as 80%. Yep, a healthy diet and regular physical activity really can prevent heart disease.
Coincidentally, there are five numbers all women should know about their heart health:
1. Total Cholesterol
2. HDL Cholesterol
3. Blood Pressure
4. Blood Sugar
5. Body Mass Index (BMI)
Knowing these numbers can help you and your healthcare provider determine your risk for developing cardiovascular diseases.
Whether or not you are wearing red today, you can donate directly at the American Heart Association website here.
Do you have a “why” to wear red today?
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