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It’s Time to Go Red for Women

“I had the “Big One”, the widower maker. The rest, well, it’s quite a story, but I am alive. I have a second chance at life.”

Andrea, heart attack survivor. Heart attack, age 50, after numerous missed diagnosed cardiac events.

The lottery. What if you knew you had a remarkable 1 in 3 chance to be The One this year. Would you create a strategy and follow through? And for what or whom would discipline yourself to see it through?

Fact: 1 in 3 deaths of women are caused by cardiovascular diseases each year, killing more women than all forms of cancer combined. With odds so great, why not create a strategy to protect your heart and prevent being THE ONE?

Welcome heart month!

Wear Red DayFebruary is heart month and Friday, February 1st is National Go Red Day. Thanks to the American Heart Association and its Go Red for Women movement, the nation turns red to bring awareness to the #1 killer of women, heart disease.

And, there’s good news. Go Red for Women has created a life-saving strategy for us!

The message: Go Red wants every woman to know that heart disease is largely preventable and that we must take action and be proactive to take control of our heart health.

Thanks to decades of research by The American Heart Association, we now know what former generations did not; heart disease is 80% preventable. Lifestyle, playing a large part, what’s good for your heart is good for your overall health, including your body, your brain, and your mood. Keeping your heart healthy helps prevent a myriad of diseases including diabetes and high blood pressure, and from current on-going research, possibly Alzheimer’s.

Go Red wants you to START TODAY to: Schedule your doctor checkup and know your numbers.

Heart disease is no respecter of age. Screening should begin by your twenties so your doctor can take into consideration your family history and current health numbers for a heart healthy strategy.

The 7 numbers to know:

  1. Total cholesterol
  2. HDL
  3. LDL
  4. Blood Pressure
  5. Body Mass Index
  6. Waist Circumference
  7. Understand that the warning signs in women can be different from males prior to a cardiac event; sweating, jaw aches, upper back pain, arm or finger tingling or numbness, shortness of breath, or nausea, and/or feelings of doom may be a signal of an impending cardiac event.

 

So, listen to your body.

MOVE MORE, SIT LESS

SLEEP MORE, STRESS LESS

EAT SMART

RAISE YOUR VOICE

Support your local Go Red for Women Luncheon to raise much needed funds for awareness and research. Join the movement. Let’s celebrate heart month by kicking up your heels! Don your red shoes and red dress to Go Red.

Red will remind you to follow your health strategy and ask a woman in your life, “What have you done for your heart today?”

Let’s save lives together.

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