Go Red for Women!

February is American Heart Month, which is why Divine Home Care would like to remind everyone that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. What’s more alarming is that according to The American Heart Association, more women die of heart disease than from the next four causes of death combined, including cancer. This very scary statistic is what prompted The American Heart Association to create an initiative to empower women to take charge of their heart health. That initiative is called Go Red for Women

Heart disease has often been thought of as a “man’s disease”.  The goal of Go Red for Women is to raise awareness of how heart disease affects women.  It’s important to know that heart disease can affect women of any age. Gaining knowledge about ways to start living an active, healthy life right now while being aware of potential risk factors, is the best way to prevent heart disease. Some risk factors of can be controlled and others cannot.  Risk factors that can be controlled or treated are: cholesterol, blood pressure, smoking, physical activity, obesity, Diabetes, stress, birth control pills and alcohol/illegal drugs.  Risk factors that are out of your control are:  age, gender, heredity/race and stroke. It is so important to discuss these risk factors with your doctor in order to be pro-active and prevent heart disease all together.

The good news is that simple changes to your lifestyle such as eating a healthy diet and adding exercise into your regular routine can greatly reduce your risk for heart disease.  The Go Red for Women campaign offers so many great tools and resources for women to learn about making these changes and really making your health a priority. Take advantage of American Heart Month and begin your journey to a healthy heart today!

Click on the links below for more helpful information about heart disease:  

One last note – this Friday, February 3rd, is National Wear Red Day. Encourage friends, family and co-workers to wear red to help spread awareness about the dangers of heart disease among women.

 

The author of this blog post is Amanda Redepenning, Divine Home Care Registered Nurse. Jectlongguzzreten .