What is Go Red For Women?
To dispel the myths and raise awareness about heart disease, the American Heart Association (AHA) created Go Red For Women—a passionate, emotional social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health. This national campaign is widely recognized by its logo depicting a red dress, which is shared among all organizations committed to the cause.
Learn more about Go Red For Women.
What is National Wear Red Day®?
Join the Walden community in celebrating National Wear Red Day® on Friday, Feb. 1. Wear red to raise awareness about heart disease and upload your photos to our Facebook page.
Learn more about National Wear Red Day®.
What is cardiovascular disease?
Cardiovascular disease affects the heart and blood vessels and occurs when a substance called plaque builds up in the artery walls. This narrowing of the arteries makes blood flow difficult and can cause clots.
Learn more about cardiovascular disease.
Is heart disease only prevalent in men, and cancer is the real threat for women?
Fact: Heart disease is a killer that strikes more women than men, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. While one in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, heart disease claims the lives of one in three. That’s roughly one death each minute.
Is heart disease only for older people?
Fact: Heart disease affects women of all ages. For younger women, the combination of birth control pills and smoking boosts heart disease risks by 20 percent. And while the risks do increase with age, things like overeating and a sedentary lifestyle can cause plaque to accumulate and lead to clogged arteries later in life. But even if you lead a completely healthy lifestyle, being born with an underlying heart condition can be a risk factor.
Does heart disease affect women who are fit?
Fact: Even if you’re a yoga-loving, marathon-running workout fiend, your risk for heart disease isn’t completely eliminated. Factors like cholesterol, eating habits, and smoking can counterbalance your other healthy habits. You can be thin and have high cholesterol. The American Heart Association recommends you start getting your cholesterol checked at age 20, or earlier, if your family has a history of heart disease. And while you’re at it, be sure to keep an eye on your blood pressure at your next check-up.
What are symptoms of heart disease in women?
Fact: Sixty-four percent of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms. Because these symptoms vary greatly between men and women, they’re often misunderstood. Media has conditioned us to believe that the telltale sign of a heart attack is extreme chest pain. But in reality, women are somewhat more likely to experience 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.
Is there anything I can do if heart disease runs in my family?
Fact: Although women with a family history of heart disease are at higher risk, there’s plenty you can do to dramatically reduce it. Simply create an action plan to keep your heart healthy.
Because of healthy choices and knowing the signs, more than 627,000 women have been saved from heart disease, and 330 fewer are dying per day. What’s stopping you from taking action?