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.
- Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women's deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.
- 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
- While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 dies of heart disease.
- An estimated 44 million women in the U.S. are affected by cardiovascular diseases.
- Optimal blood pressure level for most adults is less than 120/80 mm Hg
Some of the steps you can take towards maintaining a healthy heart include:
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.
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