Women and Heart Disease
Cardiovascular disease is the number 1 killer of women, claiming the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year. Unfortunately, only 55% of women are aware of this fact, and less than half know what are considered healthy levels for cardiovascular risk factors like blood pressure and cholesterol.
To address this lack of awareness, the American Heart Association developed the Go Red for Women Campaign a passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health. The operating affiliates of Exeter Health Resources are the cause sponsor for the Go Red for Women campaign here in New Hampshire.
Women – Take action! Research shows that healthful lifestyle choices may help prevent heart disease. Heart-healthy choices for you and your family include eating a low saturated fat diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, getting regular physical activity, and managing cholesterol and blood pressure.
*Talk to your primary care physician about when and how often you should have screenings for heart health, including cholesterol and blood pressure screenings *
- Go Red For Women
- American Heart Association
- Time Healthland - Heart Attack in Women: Different Symptoms, Higher Risk of Death