You might see a lot of people wearing red all over Arizona today. That’s because it’s Go Red Day….a special American Heart Association event to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke among women.
Cardiovascular diseases cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined. It is the number one killer of both women and men. With Go Red Day in mind, AzFamily.com put together a short video on heart disease and on Arizona’s first Emergency Department dedicated solely to heart disease. You can watch it by clicking here or on the picture below.
News-Medical.net listed 13 facts about heart disease in women. A few of them include:
- Women are more likely to die from heart disease than men,
- Despite outreach efforts, 45 percent of women still don’t know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, and
- Women are less inclined to call 911 when they believe they may be experiencing heart attack symptoms.
According to Science Daily, a new national survey suggests that most women do not know the age when heart screenings should begin.
The American Heart Association recommends women begin undergoing regular heart screenings at age 20, but the survey found the majority of women, 60 percent, thought screenings didn’t need to begin until after age 30, at least a full decade later.
Screenings beginning at age 20 should include weight and body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, cholesterol levels, glucose levels and waist circumference, all of which are directly associated with heart health and can be controlled to minimize risks.
One of the most important things you can do on this Go Red Day is to know your numbers. An American Heart Association news release reads, in part – “Knowing the most critical numbers for your heart health including Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Blood Sugar, and Body Mass Index (BMI) could save your life. Go Red For Women is encouraging all women to learn their personal health numbers. Your heart might depend on it.”
Share what Go Red Day means to you. And let us know how you believe we can help women and men better understand the risk factors associated with heart disease and how to minimize those risks. Because the more we can minimize those risks, the healthier we will be. And the healthier we are, the closer we get to our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!