Do you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States? It’s true. Heart disease claims the lives of women every minute of every day.
For me, this is a startling fact. So much emphasis is put on women and cancer that I think heart disease is overlooked. My mom and wife have made a huge impact in my life. I never knew that heart disease is such a threat to them. So in this blog post, I’d like to share information, courtesy of the American Heart Association.
Every February, the American Heart Association launches its “Go Red for Women” campaign. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness so women everywhere can learn about this disease and ways to prevent it. In addition, with increased awareness, more research can be done to help women battle and survive this disease.
The American Heart Association has a very robust website that covers topics such as:
• Facts about heart disease;
• Risk factors that contribute to heart disease in women;
• Tips for living healthy and ways to prevent heart disease;
• Ways to get involved; and
• Stories of women and their battle with the disease:
In reviewing much of the information on the American Heart Association’s website, I found a section titled “Common Myths about Heart Disease.” Since high cholesterol runs in my family, I thought heart disease was more common in men. This article, however, dispels this and other misconceptions about heart disease. I think the article is a good starting point for understanding heart disease.
If you’re wondering how to get involved in the “Go Red for Women” campaign, there are many ways to do so. A very simple yet effective way to join the fight is to be a part of the American Heart Association- sponsored event, National Wear Red Day®, scheduled this year on Friday, February 7. To learn more about this day and how you can organize your very own “Wear Red Day”, click on “How to Celebrate National Wear Red Day.”