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Go Red!

Posted by egehl on February 19, 2010

A lot of wonderful events happen in February including Valentine’s Day, Black History Month, Mardi Gras (for us New Orleanians), the Super Bowl and importantly for women, National Wear Red Day.  Every February, women are encouraged to think about their heart health and how their physical and emotional lifestyle might be helping or hurting their heart.

Earlier this month on Friday, February 5th the nation recognized National Wear Red Day, which is sponsored by the American Heart Association (AHA).  AHA’s annual National Wear Red Day is a chance for women nationwide to show that they care about their heart health, and will take action towards preventing heart disease through healthy eating, exercise and regular checkups with their doctor. 

However you can be mindful about your heart everyday. 

Many women don’t realize that heart disease is the number 1 killer of women.  As our lives become more hectic and stressful it’s critical to be mindful of how that strain could be impacting your heart health.  At any age it’s important to have a healthy diet, perform regular exercise, and decrease stress as prevention strategies. However in order for women to reach their diet and exercise goals,  there must be better access to healthy foods especially in poorer neighborhoods, improved public recreation facilities and listings of nutritional information in more restaurants. 

A recent study published in the Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes journal showed that racial gaps exist in women’s heart-health awareness, women’s knowledge of heart attack warning signs is not sufficient, and nearly half of women report they would not call 9-1-1 if they were having heart attack symptoms. 

Further, the study revealed that although 60 percent of white women were aware of heart disease as the leading cause of death for women, less than half of African-American (43 percent), Hispanic (44 percent) and Asian (34 percent) women identified heart disease as the leading cause.  In addition, most women lacked knowledge of proven therapies for preventing cardiovascular disease and half of younger women ages 25-34 were unaware of heart disease as women’s number one killer.

Therefore in order to really tackle the high rates of heart disease among women, there must be better awareness among multicultural and younger women, increased education about what to look for in terms of warning signs of a heart attack, and more explanation about why it’s important to call 9-1-1 if you experience heart attack symptoms. 

It’s important to sustain awareness and educational campaigns around the prevalence of heart disease and how to prevent it. You can help spread awareness about heart disease by asking your workplace to organize a wear red day, talking about heart disease at one of your community meetings, or encouraging friends and family to get regular checkups so that they are mindful of any physical symptoms that might pose problems down the road.


One Response to “Go Red!”

  1. Hi! guys, our US democracy doesn’t looks like it seems to function so well anymore. Sometimes i wonder if socialist and other countries are pointing the the US. We start to become like a third world country lately …

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