National Wear Red Day is your chance to help raise awareness in the fight against heart disease in women.
Heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the United States. It claims more lives than all forms of cancer combined.
One in three women will die of heart disease each year. That's about one woman every minute.
The American Heart Association's Go Red for Women movement started in 2004 and was borne out of the need to raise awareness in American women about the threat of heart disease. Only 55 percent of women realize heart disease is their number one killer and less than half know what are considered healthy levels for cardiovascular risk factors like blood pressure and cholesterol.
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Myths About Heart Disease in Women
Myth: Heart disease mainly affects men, women should be more concerned about cancer
Fact: Heart disease affects more women than men, and is causes more deaths than all forms of cancer combined.
Myth: Old people are the ones affected by heart disease
Fact: Women of all ages are affected by heart disease. Taking birth control pills and smoking boosts a young woman's risk by 20%. Also, obesity and lack of exercise can increase risk at any age.
Myth: I don't feel any symptoms or notice anything wrong
Fact: Sixty-four percent of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms. Women can have different symptoms then men when it comes to heart attack, including shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain. Other symptoms women should look out for are dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting, pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen and extreme fatigue.
Myth: Stroke is usually a man's disease
Fact: More than half of all stroke deaths (60%) occur in women. Each year, stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer.
The Go Red For Women movement works to make sure women know they are at risk so they can take action to protect their health.
Doylestown Hospital wholeheartedly supports the Go Red movement and educating women about heart disease risks, prevention and heart attack awareness.
Doylestown Hospital Associates and Volunteers will be sporting red on February 7 as they have done each year. Won't you join them?
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