Go Red for Women about Heart Health

by Sara Waldron on January 31, 2017

What is the Go Red for Women Movement?

The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement was designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health. Heart disease is the number one killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute! There are some risk factors, like your family history that can’t be changed but plenty you can do to reduce your risks. Remember to support this great cause by wearing red on National Wear Red Day on Friday February 3, 2017.

What can I do to prevent it?  HD 1

Heart disease doesn’t affect everyone the same and can even affect an active and fit person. Furthermore, a diagnosis is difficult since the warning signs can vary for women and men. Chest pain is typically not a symptom for women, but jaw pain can be a warning sign. It’s important to participate in yearly checkups with your doctor for preventive procedures. Make sure you are aware of your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and body mass index numbers to help identity any risk you may have.


Facts about Heart Disease

    1. Causes and Prevention of Heart Disease. 90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. Heart disease affects the blood vessels and cardiovascular system. When plague builds up in the walls of arteries, blood clots could potentially stop the blood flow. As result, a heart attack or stroke could occur. Education and care are the key to prevention to combat this disease.
    2. Silent Heart Attack. This type of heart attack has either no symptoms or minimal/unrecognized symptoms. It is similar to any other heart attack where blood flow to the heart is temporarily block and can cause damage. The concern is that individuals may ignore or attribute this to something else and not receive the care that is needed.
    3. Common Myths. Many people believe that this is a man’s disease, only occurs to old people, and cannot affect women who are fit. Most women focus on breast cancer as the real threat to women’s health. In fact, more women are affected by heart disease than men and it is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. This disease can affect women of all ages. The risks do increase with age, but leading an unhealthy lifestyle of overeating and being sedentary can contribute.

Sub heading: It’s important to know the facts about heart disease and the warning signs. Make sure you and your love ones participate in healthcare checkups for prevention. Like the BSU Outreach Education page on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @bsuoutreach, and check out our calendar for upcoming events at: my.bridgew.edu/OutreachEducation.





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