FEBRUARY: American Heart Month/Women & Heart Disease
What is American Heart Month?
American Heart Month, a federally designated event, is an ideal time to remind Americans to focus on their hearts and encourage them to get their families, friends and communities involved.
- The first American Heart Month, which took place in February 1964, was proclaimed by President Lyndon B. Johnson via Proclamation 3566 on December 30, 1963.
- The Congress, by joint resolution on that date, has requested the President to issue annually a proclamation designating February as American Heart Month.
- At that time, more than half the deaths in the U.S. were caused by cardiovascular disease.
- While American Heart Month is a federally designated month in the United States, it’s important to realize that cardiovascular disease knows no borders. Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, remains the leading global cause of death with more than 17.9 million deaths each year.
- That number is expected to rise to more than 23.6 million by 2030.
What would you do if you had more time?
Did you know?
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, claiming more lives each year than all forms of cancer combined? But nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Friday, February 1st is National Wear Red Day.
About Go Red for Women
The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women® movement is the trusted, passionate, relevant force for change to end heart disease and stroke in women all over the world.
- For 15 years, Go Red for Women has provided a platform for women to come together, raise awareness, fund lifesaving research, advocate for change and improve the lives of all women everywhere.
|Prior to Go Red for Women, only 30 percent of women knew that heart disease was their greatest health threat. A decade after Go Red for Women launched, close to 56 percent of women recognized this fact, nearly a 90 percent increase in awareness.|
Why does physical activity reduce women’s risk for heart disease and stroke?
It not only ensures women live longer and healthier but also improves risk factors for cardiovascular disease (such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol).
Why is healthy eating critical to preventing cardiovascular diseases in women?
Too much sodium can raise blood pressure. High blood pressure raises the risk of heart attacks and stroke.
Sugary drink consumption is directly linked to Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Having one more sugary drink each day can increase women’s risk of heart disease by 17 percent.
Why is it important to manage blood pressure?
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is the second leading cause of preventable heart disease and stroke death — second only to smoking.
More than 30 percent of cardiovascular events in women are due to hypertension.
Important Dates in February
2/1-2/28 American Heart Month
2/4 World Cancer Day
2/7-2/14 Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week
2/14 National Donor Day
2/14 Valentine’s Day
2/19 President’s Day
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