National Wear Red Day: Heart Disease

by MichelleR on February 1, 2013

Each year, the first Friday of February is a day when the nation calls attention to the #1 killer of women: heart disease. This is a great day to celebrate the women who are taking action to protect their hearts and bring awareness to this debilitating disease.  Not only is it the number one killer of women in the United States, according to MedlinePlus, but it is also the leading cause of disability among women.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) encourage both women and men to take good care of your heart; Taking good care of your heart means controlling your risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, physical inactivity, and being overweight. Having just one risk factor increases your risk of developing heart disease, and your risk skyrockets with each added risk factor.

The most common cause of heart disease is narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart itself.
This is called coronary artery disease and happens slowly over time. It’s the major reason people have heart attacks. Prevention is important: two-thirds of women who have a heart attack fail to make a full recovery.

The older a woman gets, the more likely she is to get heart disease. But women of all ages should be concerned about heart disease. All women can take steps to prevent it by practicing healthy lifestyle habits: eat healthier, be more physically active, and talk to your doctor about your personal risk for heart disease.



Information by NIH

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