Go Red Heart Disease and Women
Every day, women are dying from heart disease at a rate of nearly one per minute.
When we think of diseases that kill women, most people think of breast cancer as being at the top of the lists. But heart disease kills nearly five times as many women as breast cancer.
Consider these statistics:1
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death of American women.
- More women than men die of heart disease each year.
- 35.3% of deaths in American women over the age of 20, or more than 432,000, are caused by cardiovascular disease each year.
- More than 200,000 women die each year from heart attacks- nearly five times as many women as breast cancer.
- Women are less likely than men to receive appropriate treatment after a heart attack.
- Women comprise only 27% of participants in all heart-related research studies.
Friday, February 5, is National Wear Red Day, a day to wear red, learn more about heart disease and women, and encourage others to do the same. It's a day to raise awareness, to save lives by helping people become better educated about heart disease.
If you've never discussed your risk of heard disease with your doctor, Wear Red Day is also a good day to call your doctor's office and make an appointment. Some of the questions to ask include:
- What is my overall risk of heart disease?
- What lifestyle changes can I start making to improve my heart health?
- What tests should I have to monitor my risk for developing heart disease or other cardiovascular disease? How often do I need these screenings.
You can download a checklist of questions for you doctor form WomenHeart, HERE.
Women are speaking up about heart disease, the #1 killer or women. Here's what some of them are saying?
For a bit of fun with Wear Red Day, you can download free Go Red cell phone wallpaper and a ring tone from GoRedForWomen.
For more information about Wear Red Day, please visit GoRedForWomen.
When Friday comes, I hope it finds you wearing red and thinking about heart health.
Here are an interview and two quizzes for you:
1 "Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics 2010 Update." American Heart Association. December 17, 2009.
WomenHeart.org, The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease.