Go Red for Women about Heart Health

by Sara Waldron on January 30, 2018

What is the Go Red for Women Movement?

The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement was designed in 2003 to empower women to take charge of their heart health. Heart disease is the number one killer of women. In fact, it kills approximately one woman every 80 seconds. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Go Red For Women advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health. Remember to support this great cause by wearing red at BSU on National Wear Red Day on Friday February 2, 2018.

What can I do to prevent it?

Heart disease doesn’t affect everyone the same. It can affect all people, even those that are active and fit. 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 identify any risks 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 keys 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 blocked and can cause damage. The concern is that individuals may ignore or attribute this to something else and then 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.

 

 

It’s important to know the facts about heart disease and the warning signs. Check out http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/ for more information. Make sure you and your love ones participate in healthcare checkups for prevention. To learn more about Outreach Education and the BSU Peer Educators, like the BSU Outreach page on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @bsuoutreach, and check out our calendar for upcoming events on the Involvement Network at https://bridgew.collegiatelink.net/ and search for the BSU Peer Educators.

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