national wear red day 2016

National Wear Red Day 2016

The 5th of February is the day that the American Heart Association asks that every person have on red colored clothing to boost awareness with regard to heart disease in women. GO RED day was created in 2004 to promote healthier lives for ladies coming from all ages.

Currently 1 in 3 women are affected by heart problems in the US and close to 44 million women in the US live with heart problems. Even though heart problems are pretty common with women, just 1 in 5 women are aware that heart disease is the greatest health risk for them.

Even though we have made advancements with the reduction of cardiovascular death rates in women over the last two decades, we must carry on and educate ladies coming from all ages—this advocacy starts with dispelling the common myths encompassing heart problems in general. It is the hope that efforts such as the Go RED strategy, we can easily promote far better cardiovascular system wellness with regard to the many women in the US. In the long run, we’ve got to indulge women and their families to be able to prevent deaths related to heart disease.

Some of the common myths that encompass heart disease are as follows:

1. Heart Disease is predominantly a disease of men

Less men die from heart disease than what women do. Many women think that breast cancer or uterine cancer is the greatest risk but heart disease and stroke are.

2. Women with heart disease are treated the same as men

Men are screened and diagnosed with heart disease more aggressively than women. Women tend to be under-treated and under-served when it comes to heart problems.

3. It can’t happen to me

Many women think that it can’t happen to them but the truth is if you are a smoker, have diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, a family history of heart disease, or are obese then you are at risk. It is estimated that 80% of women have at least one risk factor.

4. Heart Disease affects men and women in the same way

Women have a higher risk for death and complications than what men do. After menopause, women have an even greater risk for heart disease. Men usually have more typical symptoms which makes it easier to diagnose.

Lets GO RED for women and show our support by wearing red clothing for National Wear Red Day 2016.

For more information on how you can get involved take a look at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

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