Wear red Feb 6th for Women’s Heart Health


Tomorrow, February 6,2009, the American Heart Association asks us all to wear red to emphasize women’s heart health. Whether you are a man or woman, you certainly have an interest in promote heart wellness for women.

Heart disease is the No.1 killer of women in America. It affects mothers, daughters, grandmothers, sisters, cousins, friends and neighbors. Watch as these women share their stories in hopes of inspiring you to take action to live a healthier, heart-happy life.

We all know the importance of health care and especically now, we have to emphasize wellness and hope we can make an inroad.
American Heart Association

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Risk Factors You Can Control or Treat
These risk factors can be controlled or treated with help from your healthcare professional. You can modify others by changing your lifestyle.
Cholesterol
Blood Pressure
Smoking
Physical Activity
Obesity
Diabetes

Risk Factors You Can’t Control

Unfortunately, there are a number of factors such as age, family history and race, that you can’t control. That’s why it’s so important to understand all of your risk factors, discuss them with your healthcare professional, and address the risk factors that you can control or treat.

Age
Gender
Heredity and Race
Stroke
Stress
Birth Control Pills
Alcohol & Illegal Drugs

Lower Your Cholesterol!
Cholesterol is a soft, fat-like substance found in the blood and in all the body’s cells. A high cholesterol level is bad because cholesterol can build up with other substances in the inner walls of arteries. This buildup, called plaque, can narrow the arteries and reduce blood flow. Plaques that rupture can cause blood clots that can totally block blood flow in the artery. Clots also can break off and travel to another part of the body. If a clot blocks an artery that feeds the heart, it causes a heart attack. If it blocks an artery that feeds the brain, it causes a stroke.

High blood cholesterol has no symptoms, and many people have it without knowing it. Find out what your cholesterol levels are, so you can lower them if you need to. If you need to lower your LDL (or “bad” cholesterol), work with your doctor to create a diet low in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol, and an exercise plan.

If you’re overweight, work with your doctor to create a diet and exercise plan to help you lose the extra pounds. Diet and increased physical activity are important, but they may not get you to your goal. If these efforts don’t succeed, your doctor may also prescribe medication. Even if you need to take cholesterol-lowering drugs, a healthy diet and increased physical activity are still important.

http://www.goredforwomen.org/understand_your_risks.aspx

Macy’s, a proud national sponsor of Go Red For Women, will help us celebrate with a special National Wear Red Day promotion. On Friday, Feb. 6, Macy’s will offer all-day savings for customers wearing the signature color for women’s heart health – red. For those who forget their red, Macy’s is offering a Go Red For Women Red Dress pin and all-day savings for those who make a $2 donation to the American Heart Association. All contributions received will benefit the Go Red For Women movement.

This year I personally knew a 41 year old woman who was a beautiful person who died instantly from a heart attack with no prior warning. It was a shocking experience but let’s all use it as a wake up call to improve our own health.

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~ by citizenjournalistreview on February 5, 2009.

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