Wednesday, February 3, 2010

National Wear Red Day®

Heart Disease is #1 killer of women. Know your risk factors on National Wear Red Day®.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Do you know The Heart Truth® about women and heart disease? More women die of heart disease than any other disease-even breast cancer. In fact, one in four women dies of heart disease. And living with it can lead to disability and a decreased quality of life.

Join The Heart Truth campaign on Friday, February 5, 2010—National Wear Red Day—to help spread the message that "Heart Disease Doesn't Care What You Wear, It's the #1 Killer of Women.®"

Having just one risk factor can double your risk for developing heart disease. Multiple risk factors, will, multiply your risk.


What can you do to lower your risk?  Know the risk factors for heart disease:


High blood pressure
High blood cholesterol
Diabetes
Smoking
Overweight/obesity
Physical inactivity
Family history of early coronary heart disease
Age (for women, 55 and older)


Talk to your doctor to find out if you are at risk. And take action. Not smoking, heart healthy eating, physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, and taking prescribed medication can help to control and reduce the risks.


To find out more about women and heart disease, visit The Heart Truth  or call the NHLBI Health Information Center at 301-592-8573.

3 comments:

Holly said...

Thanks MJ for posting about this...we all need to remember this...having a healthy lifestyle can really help decrease our risk.

I'll wear red!

Holly

Erin said...

Thanks for the reminder, MJ. I have a bright red sweater I'm planning to wear since we're in for more SNOW Friday!

Tattoos and Teething Rings said...

I'm so glad you posted this! I'll do my best to wear red on Friday...as long as I don't have to do any laundry ;)