February 5th is National Wear Red Day, in which we raise awareness for heart disease and its preventable causes. Heart Disease and stroke are the leading cause of death for one in three women in the United States. However both conditions are preventable in 80% of all cases.
Factors that can increase the likelihood of developing heart disease are smoking, high cholesterol, lack of exercise, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Know your own risk and the risk of those you love, and you will be safe. Regular doctors appointments can help you stay up to date about all of your medical needs and decrease your likelihood of unexpected heart complications or stroke.
How Can You Prevent Heart Disease?
- Reduce sugar in your diet.
- Exercise regularly: Find a work out routine that won’t over-stress your body, but will allow you to stay active.
- Manage your stress levels: Do yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, and taking time to treat yourself are essential to leading a healthy lifestyle. Heart disease has been linked to stress in some cases
- Consider vegan or vegetarian healthy food options that are healthier alternatives to foods that are high in fats and sugars.
- Go to the doctor regularly and anytime you feel unusual discomfort. Heart attack symptoms in women include: Squeezing or pressure feeling in the chest, shortness of breath, nausea and fainting feeling, and unusual pain around the body.
How Can You Get Involved?
- Wear Red and ask your friends and family to wear red as well
- Tell others throughout the day why you’ve decided to wear red and refer them to The American Heart Association website.
- Post To social Media #GoRed to join the movement and spread awareness through social media
- Donate on the official American Heart Association website to help fund research here.