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Information & Caregiver Resource Corner

Be heart healthy: Go Red for Women this February!

Q: What should women know to protect their heart health?

A: Attention all women! February 2, 2018, was the American Heart Association’s national movement, Go Red for Women. 

Feb 2018 ICRC QA heart health image go redThe purpose of this movement is to bring awareness of heart disease and stroke in women – because it’s not just a man’s disease. Women and the others in their lives who support them wear red on this day to help spread awareness about this number one cause of death among women in the United States.

According to the American Heart Association, “It is a fact that more women than men die every year from heart disease and stroke.” Go Red for Women asks women to learn about their risks for heart disease and to take action to reduce those risks. Some risks factors for developing heart disease include:

  • Age
  • Family history
  • Smoking
  • Poor diet
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol levels
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Stress

To learn more about these risks, click here and be sure to have a conversation with your doctor about ways to address your concerns.

For anyone looking to reduce her risk of heart disease, adopting the following habits is a good place to start:

  • Be physically active
  • Don’t smoke – or quit if you do
  • Eat healthy foods
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Keep blood pressure and blood sugar under control
  • Reduce cholesterol

The Healthy Living Program at LifePath can help you manage chronic health conditions like heart disease as well as learn ways to eat healthier, exercise more, and develop healthy habits. For more information, click here.

With a new year upon us, take charge of your health, make a plan on how to move forward, set goals with your doctor, and take action for better heart health. So wear red and support the Go Red for Women movement!