Fact: More women than men die every year from heart disease and stroke. Moreover, heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined.
The good news is up to 80% of cardiovascular diseases may be preventable. So wear red on February 5th and visit GoRed at the American Heart Association. See how many changes you can apply to your life to lower your risk of heart disease. Here are some examples:
- Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol/triglyceride levels under control.
- Stay at a healthy weight — eating a healthy diet helps! So does regular exercise.
- Limit alcohol.
- If you smoke, quit!
- Reduce stress in healthy ways: routinely exercise, mediate, practice yoga or listen to music.
- Finally, make sure you get enough sleep each night.
If you have an existing heart condition, talk with your health care provider before making lifestyle changes. Join us on February 5th and wear red in order to remind all the special women in our lives to protect their hearts so we have them in our lives for many more years.