Tag: Heart Disease

Reminder: National Wear Red Day is Friday, February 6

Don’t forget! Tomorrow is National Wear Red Day.

Heart disease is not just a man’s disease.
Heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women, yet it’s 80% preventable.

Help raise awareness to end this killer of women.

Make a change on National Wear Red Day and all year long!

  • Wear Red to show your support for saving women’s lives
  • Show how you Go Red on your social media profiles using #GoRed
  • You can also share your Go Red photos on Sterling’s Facebook page

Go Red for Women: Get Your Heart Score Today

Editor note: This article was originally published by the Go Red For Women Editors and appears here.

You’ve done research on heart disease. You know the basics about lifestyle, family history and daily habits. But do you know where you score in terms of heart health?

Survivor Amy Heinl admits she was a little clueless about whether she was healthy or not. And when she was diagnosed with heart disease, she was stunned.

“I really couldn’t believe this was happening to me,” she says. “My heart was the last thing on my mind (because) I thought of myself as a healthy person.”

Today, Amy urges women to be proactive about their health before it’s too late. After all, heart disease is preventable with the right information, education and care. Find out where you stand with the My Life Check.

Who should use this tool?

  • Anyone age 20 or older who doesn’t already have heart disease or diabetes
  • Anyone under 20 with a family member who had heart disease at an early age

What info do I need to use this tool?

  • Blood pressure numbers
  • Cholesterol levels
  • Blood sugar levels
  • Height, weight and waist circumference
  • Knowledge of your eating and exercise habits

If you don’t have some of this information, don’t worry; the tool has sliders to allow you to estimate. Just remember that your assessment will be much more accurate if you use your own data. So schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider to get tested.

Keep in mind that a positive score doesn’t necessarily mean you’re off the hook. Even one risk factor that isn’t treated can lead to a higher risk later in life. And women like Amy, who worked out daily and competed in races prior to her diagnosis, are living proof that you can be fit and be affected by heart disease.

“I think I had to go through this struggle to wake up and realize that things in my life needed to change,” says Amy, who today shares her story because she’s very aware that heart disease can happen to anyone. “But,” she says, “You can survive it. I’m proof of that.”

Knowledge is power. Use our risk assessment tool and get your heart score today.

Behind National Wear Red Day: Why is Red the Color of the Cause?

Editor note: This article was originally published by the Go Red For Women Editors and appears here.

Ask any stylist, job coach or dating expert and they’ll tell you that red stands out. Eyes are immediately drawn to it. Some even say that the color red is a confidence booster and makes you feel powerful. Maybe that’s why we chose the color red to signify our fight against the No. 1 killer in women. Maybe it’s just a coincidence that it’s also the color of our hearts.

In 2003, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute took action against a disease that was claiming the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year – a disease that women weren’t paying attention to. A disease they truly believed, and many still believe to this day, affects more men than women.

Stemming from that action, National Wear Red Day was born. It’s held on the first Friday in February every year to raise awareness about heart disease being the No. 1 killer of women.

This coming National Wear Red Day, Feb. 6, 2015, marks our 12-year anniversary. And looking back on all we’ve accomplished, we’ve really made tremendous strides. They include:

  • Nearly 90% of women have made at least one healthy behavior change.
  • More than one-third of women has lost weight.
  • More than 50% of women have increased their exercise.
  • 6 out of 10 women have changed their diets.
  • More than 40% of women have checked their cholesterol levels.
  • One third of women has talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans.

But despite our progress, women are still dying. They’re still unaware of their risks and the facts. And now’s not the time for complacency. It’s time to stand stronger, speak louder and join us in the fight this National Wear Red Day.


What Does It Means to Go Red For Women?

Heart disease is the #1 killer of women, killing more women than all forms of cancer combined. So we encourage you to join the movement to end heart disease and stroke in women because it’s not just a man’s disease. Here’s what it means to Go Red:

Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol.

Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise, and eat healthy. It’s up to you. No one can do it for you.

We think it won’t happen to us, but heart disease kills one of three women.

Make healthy food choices for you and your family. Teach your kids the importance of staying active.

Tell every woman you know that heart disease is our No. 1 killer. Raise your voice here at GoRedForWomen.org.

Learn more in this video from the American Heart Association and Go Red for Women: