This whole month of February on this blog is going to be dedicated to Healthy Heart Month. This past Friday, February 1st, 2013 was National Wear Red Day that is now in its 10th year. It’s aimed at raising awareness of heart disease, the leading killer of women.
It is estimated that 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease unfortunately only one in five women believe heart disease is a great health problem. Is it due to the lack of education about heart disease or is it still being known as a Man’s Disease?
American Heart Association states that estimates that the Go Red for Women campaign has already raised awareness and saved more than 627,000 lives since its inception but there is still a grim statistical side on women and heart disease.
American Heart Association stats are:
- One woman dies from heart disease each minute.
- Far from being solely a “man’s disease,” female deaths from heart disease have exceeded the death toll for men since 1984.
- One in every 31 women will die from breast cancer, while one in every three women will lose their life to heart disease.
- Nine out of 10 women now have one or more risk factors for heart disease.
Even though these statistics are not positive there are things every woman can do to reduce her risk for heart trouble. Next week we will discuss the ways nutritionally and through physical activity you can reduce the risk heart disease.