Wear red to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and help save lives. Why? Because losing even one woman to cardiovascular disease is too many.
- Cardiovascular diseases, which includes stroke, claim the life of a woman about every 80 seconds. But about 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases may be prevented.
- Even modest changes to your diet and lifestyle can improve your heart health and lower your risk by as much as 80 percent.
- Some risk factors you can't do anything about. But others you can treat, manage or control with the help of your healthcare provider. Those you can’t change, like your family history, are still important when assessing your risk for heart disease and stroke.
- Heart disease takes the life of 1 in 3 women. Participating in research could help change that.
G: GET YOUR NUMBERS
Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol.
O: OWN YOUR LIFESTYLE
Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise, and eat healthy.
It’s up to you. No one can do it for you.
R: REALIZE YOUR RISK
We think it won’t happen to us, but heart disease kills one of three women.
E: EDUCATE YOUR FAMILY
Make healthy food choices for you and your family.
Teach your kids the importance of staying active.
D: DON’T BE SILENT
Tell every woman you know that heart disease is our No. 1 killer.
Some risk factors you can't do anything about. But others you can treat, manage or control with the help of your healthcare provider. Those you can’t change, like your family history, are still important when assessing your risk for heart disease and stroke.
Risk Factors That Can Be Managed
You can control or treat these risk factors with lifestyle changes and your healthcare provider's help:
- High blood pressure
- High blood cholesterol
- Lack of regular activity
- Obesity or overweight
Risk Factors You Can't Control
You can't change these risk factors:
- Heredity (family health history)
- Previous stroke or heart attack
Important Dates in February
2/1-2/28 American Heart Month
2/1-2/28 Black History 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
2/21 President’s Day
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