Heart Matters: National Wear Red Day
“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.
Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.
An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease.
Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease.
The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women and men, and are often misunderstood.
While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 dies of heart disease.
Only 1 in 5 American women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat.
Women comprise only 24 percent of participants in all heart-related studies.
What do you know about women and heart disease? have you read the information above and below? The statistics are stark; Heart disease is the #1 killer of women. In our life time, we might know a family member who suffered a heart attack or it might be us. Protecting our heart is a serious matter. What are you doing to protect yourself?
Heart disease is no laughing matter. After my father suffered a massive heart attack, I realized just how serious heart disease can be. Cheryl Hines
African American women
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for African American women.
Of African American women ages 20 and older, 46.9 percent have cardiovascular disease
Only 1 in 5 African American women thinks she is personally at risk.
Nearly 50 percent of African American women are aware of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.
Only 43 percent of African American know that heart disease is their greatest health risk.
These statistics represent only a fraction of the 2012 report featured in Circulation. To view the full findings, download a copy of the Heart Disease and Stroke 2012 Statistical Update
What does a survivor or a heart patient look like? They look like you, me, everyone out there. they are us. Yes, I am a survivor and that is me holding the heart pillow…. No one is immune from a heart attack or a congenital defect. What are you doing to protect yourself and your family?
The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart. Helen Keller
Hispanic women are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than Caucasian women.
Only 1 in 3 Hispanic women are aware that heart disease is their No. 1 killer.
Only 3 in 10 Hispanic women say they have been informed that they are at a higher risk.
Only 1 in 4 Hispanic women is aware of treatment options.
Hispanic women are more likely to take preventive actions for their family when it comes to heart health.
What can we do about it? First off, we must make sure to reduce stress in our lives and get check ups regularly. We can donate or volunteer our time and participate in local events that raise awareness about heart disease. Again, as in all diseases on the national front, we can reach out to our elected officials and, make sure they support funding and supporting equitable resources to all. What are your thoughts?
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Positive Motivation Tip: The heart is the center of all we do. Take care of yours and make sure your family does too.
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