In the United States, 1 in 4 women dies from heart disease*. On National Wear Red Day tomorrow, thousands of people, men and women, raise their voices in support of heart disease awareness and prevention, in efforts to help women learn their risk for heart disease. Show your support by wearing something red and encourage your neighbors, coworkers, friends and loved ones to do the same.
The first step toward heart health is knowing about your own risks. Some risk factors, such as history of preeclampsia during pregnancy or family history of early heart disease, cannot be changed. Smoking cigarettes, being overweight, having a poor diet, or being physically inactive are also risk factors. Still others, such as high blood pressure or high blood cholesterol, generally do not have obvious signs or symptoms. To understand your own risk factors, talk with your physician; he or she can be an important partner in helping you identify heart health goals. Here are some tips on how to begin the conversation.
Women of all ages can take steps to prevent heart disease by practicing healthy lifestyle habits, beginning today. Get started by getting active with The Heart Truth’s #4MyHeart –a 4-week interactive challenge (plus a tip a day) designed to help you lower your risk.
Learn more about heart disease in women at MedlinePlus.
*According to the CDC and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
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