February 03, 2016 / Jamie Knowles
February is National Heart Month and this Friday is National Wear Red day to raise awareness about heart health amongst women nationwide. Heart disease and strokes are responsible for one in three deaths among women each year, but this rate could be vastly improved through proper awareness, education and lifestyle changes.
National Wear Red day was created in 2003 and we’re already seeing the difference. According to GoRedForWomen.org, more than 50% have increased their exercise, six out of 10 have changed their diets and nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day as a result of the increased education and awareness.
Some of the steps you can take towards maintaining a healthy heart include:
Regular physical activity is one of the best ways to combat heart disease. Make a point to get outside regularly – even if it means taking a 10 minute break to get up from your work desk and take a walk around the building.
Cook heart healthy meals that are low in saturated fats and low cholesterol to help maintain your heart’s health.
Explore any genetic predispositions
While maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle can drastically reduce your risk of heart disease, it’s important to understand your family’s heart health history to check for any genetic predispositions to heart disease in your family. The U.S. Department of Health and Human services has a great tool to help you build your family’s health history that can be found at: https://familyhistory.hhs.gov/FHH/html/index.html
Talk to your doctor
For some people, lifestyle changes alone aren’t enough to maintain healthy cholesterol levels and control risk of heart disease. Your doctor may need to prescribe medications to help you achieve your goal.
This Friday, show your support and commitment to reducing risk, improving health and saving women’s lives but putting on your favorite red dress, red shirt, or red tie.
National Wear Red Day is a registered trademark of HHS and AHA.
Category: Women's Health