Go Red For Women, Feb 7, 2014
10 years ago, the American Heart Association launched the Go Red for Women campaign
in an effort to bring awareness to heart disease as women's No. 1 killer and to help raise
funds to support research and education. In 2004, surveys showed that only 34% of women knew that heart disease was their No. 1 killer and the majority of physicians did not know
that heart disease kills more women than men. The Go Red campaign set out to change that.
Statistics still show that more women die from heart disease than all forms of cancer
combined, that every minute a woman dies from heart disease, that more than 42 million
are currently living with some form of cardiovascular disease. It is important for women to know the symptoms of this disease which are often non-specific and subtle. They may
include unusual shortness of breath, unusual fatigue, and indigestion. Symptoms may not
be chest discomfort but instead jaw pain, pain across the upper back or arms. If you
experience these symptoms, especially if accompanied by nausea, vomiting or a cold sweat
you may be having a heart attack. Stay calm and call 911 immediately.
Many factors can put us at risk for heart disease and 90% of women have one or more of
these factors. Studies show that healthy choices do save lives. Some changes one should
make include smoking cessation, good management of blood sugars, blood pressure, and cholesterol. These changes along with staying active, losing weight, and eating healthy can
help prevent heart disease.
Take time to visit goredforewomen.org. Join the movement, learn about the latest news
and research. Knowledge is power and together women can beat this disease.
As stated by the American Heart Association...Women, It's time to Go Red.
Resource: American Heart Association
Sarah Colias, RN
Cardiac Rehab, Phase 3