I bet you didn’t think something as simple as planning your outfit could have an impact on heart health, now did you. Well it can.
This Friday February 6 is Go Red for Women Day. Everyone should wear their favorite red on Friday in support of the American Heart Association and their work raising awareness about heart disease and stroke in women. Why do we need to spend time specifically on women’s heart health? Most people consider heart disease and stroke to be a “man’s disease” but more women than men die every year from heart disease and stroke. This “Go Red” Friday is all about educating ourselves and working to increase everyone’s heart health. So wear your red, take pictures, spread some good information, make some healthy choices… and share all those pictures with the #GoRed or #GoRedForWomen hashtag.
Did you know that many symptoms of heart disease may appear differently in women than men. Even the basic signs of a heart attack can vary. I am not a doctor, and never try to be, but I do want to share as much heart health information with you as I can. I’ve linked some of my favorite articles from the CDC, American Heart Association, and the Mayo Clinic. Share the information with your friends. You never know, it could save someone’s life.
- Common Myths About Heart Disease – Go Red For Women/American Heart Association (A good place to check your own heart disease knowledge.)
- Heart Disease and Women: Understand Symptoms and Risk Factors – Mayo Clinic (I especially appreciate their description of heart attack symptoms. Clear and easy to understand.)
- Women and Heart Disease Fact Sheet – CDC (An easy to read article giving the basics on heart health.)
Make sure you support the Go Red movement and the American Heart Association with your fashion choices this Friday. Take some time to make sure you know your own numbers (blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight) because knowing your own health status is crucial. You can head out to Crabtree Valley Mall on Saturday for the Triangle Go Red For Women Heart Health Screening and Expo. WakeMed Health and Hospitals will be offering free heart health screenings and there will be a ton of information available.
For more information:
– Visit American Heart Association – Triangle on Facebook
– Check out GoRedForWomen.org
For any health concerns ALWAYS visit your physician.