Do you think you are seeing Red today? You are!!! February 1 is National Wear Red Day sponsored by the American Heart Association. The purpose of National Wear Red Day is to raise awareness about heart disease in women. It is a fact that 1 in 2 women will be affected by heart disease and 1 in 4 women will die of heart disease. Many women are not aware that heart disease in the most common cause of death for women in the United States. Ten years ago National Wear Red Day was created to address this important health concern. Go Red for Women became a social initiative to empower women to learn about heart health. It allows women come together as a collective group to take charge of their health and learn about their risks for heart disease, and to find tools to help them reduce heart disease risk.
Here are factors that play a significant role in the development of heart disease specifically in women:
- Metabolic syndrome is a combination of at least 3 symptoms: abnormal lipid panels, high blood pressure, high blood sugars and trunkal obesity.
- Depression can cause difficulty in following the recommendation to create a heart healthy lifestyle.
- Smoking seems to be a greater risk factor for women and heart disease.
- During and after menopause women produce less estrogen which is a protective hormone for the heart. The reduction in estrogen increases the risk of heart health.
- High cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes all increase the risk for developing heart disease.
In addition to sharing the risk factors, I will spend the month talking about lifestyle behaviors that can reduce your risk and make you more heart smart. During the month of February take a few minutes to learn at least one new fact about heart health. It can save a life of a women or man that you know and love.
For more information you can go to http://www.goredforwomen.org/.
Dr. Daemon Jones
"Heart disease in women: Understand symptoms and risk factors - MayoClinic.com." Mayo Clinic. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2013. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/heart-disease/HB00040.
"How Does Heart Disease Affect Women? - NHLBI, NIH." NIH Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2013.