Did you know that one in three women die of heart disease and stroke each year? That’s a third of mothers, sisters and friends! And yet, nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented, according to the American Heart Association.
That’s why it’s so important to be aware of the warning signs and to take steps to prevent these two diseases in yourself and other women. You can get started by learning what it means to Go Red:
G: GET YOUR NUMBERS
Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol.
O: OWN YOUR LIFESTYLE
Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise, and eat healthy. It’s up to you. No one can do it for you.
R: REALIZE YOUR RISK
You think it can’t happen to you, but heart disease kills one of three women.
E: EDUCATE YOUR FAMILY
Make healthy food choices for you and your family. Teach your kids the importance of staying active.
D: DON’T BE SILENT
Tell every woman you know that heart disease is our No. 1 killer.
Wear Red for Awareness
On Friday, February 1, 2019 women around the country will don something red from their closets on National Wear Red Day®, a part of the American Heart Association’s annual Go Red for Women® campaign. The initiative focuses on dispelling myths and raising awareness of cardiovascular disease, empowering women to take charge of their heart health.
What Can You Do To Prevent Heart Disease?
Here are some common-sense tips from The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for steps you can take right now toward preventing heart disease and stroke.
- Live a Healthy Lifestyle:
- Eat a healthy diet
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Exercise regularly
- Don’t smoke
- Limit alcohol use
- Prevent or Treat Your Medical Conditions
If you have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes, there are steps you can take to lower your risk for heart disease.
- Have your cholesterol checked. Your health care provider should test your cholesterol levels at least once every five years. Talk with your doctor about this simple blood test.
- Monitor your blood pressure. High blood pressure has no symptoms, so be sure to have it checked on a regular basis.
- Manage your diabetes. If you have diabetes, closely monitor your blood sugar levels. Talk with your health care provider about treatment options.
- Take your medicine. If you’re taking medication to treat high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes, follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. Always ask questions if you don’t understand something.
- Talk with your health care provider. You and your doctor can work together to prevent or treat the medical conditions that lead to heart disease. Discuss your treatment plan regularly and bring a list of questions to your appointments.
Knowledge is power! Learn more about the Go Red/Wear Red movement by visiting the American Heart Association.