February is a month that understands the importance of hearts. You have Valentine’s Day, which, in case you still need to pick up a little something, is a little more than a week away. And you also have National Wear Red Day, which is today and designed to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke among women.
Why Go Red? Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.
The American Heart Association offers five practical heart health tips that can be remembered by spelling out “Go Red.”
- G. Get your numbers (blood pressure and cholesterol)
- O. Own your lifestyle (Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise, and eat healthy)
- R. Realize your risk (heart disease kills 1 in 3 women)
- E. Educate your family (make healthy food choices and teach kids to stay active)
- D. Don’t be silent (tell everyone that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women)
The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association showed its support of National Wear Red Day…..did you? If you did, send us a picture!
We’ve listed a few more heart health links below.
And remember, the more conversations we can generate about these kinds of health issues – the closer we come to one day reaching our goal of making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!