On Friday, February 5th, let’s unite to prevent heart disease and stroke in women. Help turn America Red and SAVE WOMEN’S LIVES throughout the globe by wearing your red
National Wear Red Day® takes place on the first Friday of February each year- a day created to encourage everyone to wear red, raise your voices, understand your cardiovascular risk, and take action to live longer, healthier lives.
Our mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends are at risk. Each year, heart disease causes more deaths among women than all cancers combined.
Know the Red Flags for Heart Disease Seen in Women
With the many demands of our daily schedules, it's no wonder that caring for our hearts through a healthy diet and regular physical activity may not be on the top of most women’s to-do-lists; but staying committed to these healthy lifestyle habits are the secret weapons to preventing cardiovascular disease.
American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day are two prevalent reminders about the importance of making real changes to our lifestyle in order to reduce the risk for heart disease by as much as 80 percent.
Chest pain, pressure and discomfort are the most common symptoms of a heart attack in both men and women. However, in women, they may not always be as severe and may not raise “red flags.”
Women are more likely to have symptoms that may be completely unrelated to chest pain such as:
- Pain and discomfort in the neck, shoulder, upper back or abdomen
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea or vomiting
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
- Unusual fatigue
Risk Factors for Heart Disease in Women
Although men and women are opposite in countless ways, they do share the “traditional” risk factors for heart disease including:
- High cholesterol
- Elevated triglycerides
- Increased stress
Tips For Women to Reduce Risk of Heart Disease
- Stay active and exercise 30-60 minutes 4-5 days a week
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Don’t smoke
- Eat healthy- decrease your intake of saturated fats, cholesterol, added sugars and salt.
- If you have hypertension, monitor it carefully and take your prescribed medications.
- Consume omega-3 fatty acids
Get involved & GO RED this Friday, February 6th by telling the women around you that 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke, yet it’s 80% preventable.