Heart Disease Awareness: Go Red for Women!

I know, I'm young. So you're probably thinking, "Why are you concerned with heart disease?"

The answer is simple, I have a family member very close to me that has heart disease. As with almost anything like this, awareness is the best way to stand in solidarity and show support for the people you care for. So yes, I'm going red and you should too!

As young people we tend to not think about our health as much because we believe that we don't have to until later. When the truth is most of what can happen to our  bodies later can be avoided, or less likely, if we take care of them now. For example, staying active and eating healthy are two ways that you can prevent heart disease later on in life. Here are some more facts and tips about heart disease (SOURCE): 

Statistics

  1. Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.
  2. 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
  3. Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease and the gap between men and women’s survival continues to widen.
  4. The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women vs. men, and are often misunderstood.
  5. While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 dies of heart disease.

Causes

  1. Heart failure or congestive heart failure
  2. Arrhythmia or an abnormal rhythm of the heart
  3. Heart valve problems

When it comes to prevention, there are several ways women can prevent the disease. As young people here are some ways that we can stay proactive when it comes to heart disease.

  1. Don't smoke - Cigarettes are gross anyway!
  2. Know your family history - You may be more at risk for heart disease if you have family history of it. The best thing to do is lower your risk of getting the disease.
  3. Stay active - It's always great to work out, and get your body right!
  4. Eat healthy - This one is a no-brainer. Feed your body the food it needs, not the food your mind tells you to want!

I'm going red today for my loved one, but you can go red to simply by wearing red today and share a photo of you wearing red with #GoRedWearRed. Start a conversation, show your support, and most importantly be aware!