Do you know the leading cause of death for women in the United States? If you answered cardiovascular disease, you’re, sadly, spot on. Strokes and heart disease cause one in three deaths among women each year—that’s more than all cancers combined.
That’s reason enough to pay attention to your heart health, but here’s one more: Experts say 80% of strokes and cardiac events can be prevented through education and lifestyle changes like eating more fruits and vegetables, getting more exercise, and managing your blood pressure.
The American Heart Association wants you to pay attention to all of those statistics so much it has organized a variety of activities this month, designated as American Heart Month. The idea is that as you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day by sending heart-shaped cards and gifts to your loved ones, maybe you’ll remember the heart inside your body, too. Maybe you’ll even start a new exercise habit or trade that box of candy you’re about to eat for a few sprigs of broccoli.
Go Red For Women
The American Heart Association is also encouraging everyone across the country to wear red—suits, dresses, ties, shoes, whatever—on Feb. 4, National Wear Red Day. The red outfits and accessories create a visual reminder in support of women’s cardiovascular health and efforts to decrease heart-related problems in women.
Once you’ve got your look planned, you might also want to participate in a local fundraiser.
This year’s version of the annual Go Red for Women luncheon—which draws hundreds, all dressed in red—will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 25 at the JW Marriott in Downtown Indianapolis. The luncheon raises money to help end cardiovascular disease and features female speakers telling stories about the ways cardiovascular disease has impacted their lives. More information about the luncheon and tickets are available here. If all this talk about cardiovascular health has you considering getting a check-up or encouraging someone you love to get one, we can help. Visit HancockRegionalHospital.org to learn more and find your Hancock Health care team. They’re ready to help make your heart health possible!