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5 Life and Death Numbers Every Woman Needs to Know

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A recent poll shows that many women are unaware of the 5 life and death numbers they need to know to ensure a longer life.


Today is National Wear Red Day--a day of raising awareness about cardiovascular disease among women during the American Heart Associations' American Heart Month. However, according to a recent poll, many women are unaware of the 5 life and death numbers they need to know to prevent themselves from dying in the next 80 seconds--a statistic from the AHA about the rate in which one woman dies of cardiovascular disease that may have been preventable.

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Go Red for Women Poll

A news release about a poll sponsored by CVS Health reveals that American women are increasingly aware of the dangers of heart disease and recognize it as the #1 killer of women, but that few acknowledge their personal risk factors that contribute to heart disease.

The poll was conducted online nationwide, surveying 1,141 adult women aged 18 and over to find out what women knew when it came to heart disease and their risk of dying.

What the poll found was that:

--92% agreed that heart-related conditions are a serious issue in the U.S.

--45% identified heart disease as the leading cause of death among women versus other causes.

--37% reported that they have heart-related conditions such as high cholesterol, hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, history of stroke or a heart defect.

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--Just 18% of women consider heart disease to be the greatest health problem facing Americans today.

--The majority of American women are unaware of their status for factors that could increase their risk of heart disease, including their Total and HDL cholesterol level (57%), blood sugar (58%), Body Mass Index (BMI) (61%), or waist circumference (62%) numbers.

"This data reinforces what we've known for some time that there is still a great need for more awareness and, particularly, action when it comes to prevention of heart disease in women," said Suzanne Steinbaum, D.O., a preventive cardiologist from New York and a national Go Red For Women volunteer.

"Some risk factors, like age, gender and family history are, unfortunately, out of women's control, but others blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and BMI can be treated or managed. Now is the time for women to take control of their health, and knowing their numbers is a great place to start."

Convenient Access to Screenings

To help raise awareness among women about their risk of heart disease, CVS Health is offering a no-cost "Know Your Numbers" screenings every Wednesday in February, including Valentine's Day this month for an easy and convenient way to help women know their 5 life and death numbers at over 1,100 MinuteClinic locations.

"Cardiovascular diseases kill nearly one in three women in the U.S. each year," added Patterson. "During the screenings, patients will receive vital information about their health and will be counseled on ways to reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke. Most importantly, our providers will be arming them with the tools they need to take charge of their health."

Follow this link to find your nearest MinuteClinic location.

"Together with the American Heart Association, we encourage more women to talk with their health care providers or pharmacists about their risks for heart disease and how to take actions now that will minimize future risk," says Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., M.P.H., Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health.

Reference: CVS Health "New CVS Health Poll Reveals That A Majority of U.S. Women Are Unaware of Their Personal Risk for Heart Disease"

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