February is Go Red For Women and The Fight Against Heart Disease
On Friday, February 5, the National Wear Red Day is encouraging women to wear the color red to show their support for prevention of heart disease. The goal of the campaign is to reduce coronary heart disease and stroke risk by 25% in 2010.
Heart disease is often perceived as a man's disease, but that fact couldn't be more wrong. Go Red for Women is spreading the word to women about how to talk to their doctors, what simple things we can do to avoid and prevent heart disease and how to help others like themselves.
"A lot of our messaging is around prevention since heart disease is 80 percent preventable and the changes that women can make in their daily lives will have a long-term impact in their heart health," stated Diana Victor, the Regional Director of Communications in Southern New England for the American Heart Association.
The American Heart Association realizes that women do not take their risk of heart disease seriously. Many fail to make the connection between the risk factors and their own chance of developing heart disease. The health department states that heart disease is the number one killer of American women and that 1 in every 3 women dies of heart disease.Women's heart disease risk starts to rise in middle age and women can lower their risk of heart disease by as much as 82% by just leading a healthy life.
“Cardiovascular disease is the leading killer in our nation and it is important that people do what they can to keep their hearts healthy,” stated DPH Commissioner Dr. J. Robert Galvin. “You can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease by taking steps like eating healthy, exercising regularly, quitting tobacco use, and getting regular health screenings.” Since 1963, Congress has required the president to proclaim February "American Heart Month."
So dress up in red this Friday as the American Heart Association encourages women to wear red for their heart. Everyone can take steps to lower their risk for heart disease and heart attack. A healthy diet and lifestyle are the best weapons you have to fight heart disease.