Right now, think of five women that you love. It could be your mother, your grandmother, your daughter, your sister, and your best friend. Don’t you want to do everything you can to keep them safe, loved, and healthy?
Today is National Wear Red Day hosted by the American Heart Association Go Red For Women program. So throw on your favorite red sweater and listen to the facts. Did you know that the number one killer of women is heart disease? That 1 in every 3 women will die from it? 42 percent of women who have heart attacks die within 1 year compared with 24 percent of men. We know that women tend to get heart disease about 10 years later in life than men, and they are more likely to have coexisting chronic conditions.
The key is knowing the symptoms, finding out if you or a woman you love is at risk, and being active in all steps of prevention.
So what are symptoms to look out for?
- Shortness of breath
- Palpitations (irregular heart beats, skipped beats, or a “flip-flop” feeling in your chest)
- Pain in the chest
- A faster heartbeat
- Weakness or dizziness
These symptoms are not only related to a heart attack, but arrhythmia, coronary artery disease, and atrial fibrillation.
Are you or someone you love at risk?
If you have any of these conditions, you may be at risk:
You can also calculate your heart disease risk here on HeartHealthyWomen.org.
How can I prevent heart disease?
- Don’t smoke
- Exercise for at least 30 minutes on most days
- Keep a healthy diet and maintain a healthy weight (Limit fat, cholesterol, and salt)
- Limit alcohol
- Get regular health screenings especially blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes screening.
So today on National Wear Red Day, tell five special women in your life that you love them and want them to know the facts about heart disease! Send them this article so they can find statistics, symptoms, and prevention.
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