February is heart month, not as in love, but heart health. This month is American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day is February 7th 2014. Many women are still unaware of this national day of color; so let’s help spread the word. The American Heart Association began this yearly event in 2003 to help raise awareness about heart disease in women. Until the early 21st century, heart disease was deemed a “men’s” disease and there was almost no education or awareness of how this silent disease affects females. Research shows that cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women and has claimed more lives than anyone knows. The main goals of the Wear Red Day Campaign include;
- To teach women how to open discussions with their doctors about heart disease
- To educate women on the heart-health benefits of healthy eating and exercising
- To encourage women to reduce risks of heart disease with proper blood pressure and cholesterol management
- To recognize and honor the women who have died and are currently suffering from heart disease
In the decade since this campaign started, many successes have been reported. It is estimated that 34% fewer women are now die from heart disease, saving 330 lives every day! Also, more women are taking control of their heart health by leading healthier lifestyles, including, 60% have improved their diets and 33% have developed a heart health plan with their doctors Become proactive and contact your local Houston Obstetrics Professional to book an appointment today to discuss a personalized plan to prevent heart disease from crippling your life. Even with all of the successes gained through this awareness campaign, much more work is essential to save more lives. Today, this silent disease is still America’s #1 killer of women. Involvement is crucial to reaching more of the population and kicking heart disease to the curb once and for all in America’s women.
Many groups including; The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the Office on Women’s Health, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and many others will be participating in Wear Red Day throughout the country this month. Since 2003, women have been wearing a red dress on this national day of awareness. This was symbol was first part of the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign. In every part of the nation, people will be able to participate in events ranging from walk/runs, silent auctions, and galas to help raise money for this worthy cause. The more funds raised, the more publicity and education can occur to help save the lives of thousands of women across America each year. Your Houston OB/GYN encourage you and your loved ones to get involved, and take a stand against this silent killer that is robbing American of our wives, daughters, sisters, aunts, and friends. We can each play a vital role in eradicating this silent disease; learn the warning signs, talk with your doctor, and make healthier lifestyle choices daily. Together, America will win the fight over heart disease! Call your Houston OB/GYN today to take the first step.