Go Red for Women!

Heart disease and strokes are the number one killer of women in America.

On February 2, 2018, the American Heart Association will engage in a passionate and emotional social initiative to encourage and empower women to learn the facts about women’s heart health, make lifestyle changes, and take control of their health.

Nearly half a million women die from heart disease and strokes every year in America, and most women were oblivious to this fact fifteen years ago. Go Red for Women was created in 2004 to raise awareness and dispel myths about heart disease in women. Prior to 2004, heart disease was thought of primarily as a disease that affected only older men, which simply isn’t the case. Only about half of women know that heart disease is the number one killer of their gender, and less than half of all women know what heart-healthy levels are when it comes to certain vitals such as blood pressure and cholesterol.

Raising Awareness and Educating the Masses

Go Red for Women aims to bring awareness and education about heart disease risks, stroke statistics, and more to women all across America. It seeks to teach women how to recognize and combat their own risks of developing heart disease and how to make heart-healthy choices to avoid this preventable disease. This day encourages women to “Go Red” by exercising regularly, eating healthier, scheduling regular doctor visits, and teaching others about heart health. It also seeks to bring attention to the day itself by encouraging women to wear red clothing, accessories, and more on February 2nd. The more that people talk about this day and what it means, the more awareness and education will make their way through the women in our country, and we’ll all be healthier for it.

Encouraging Cardiac Assessments and Providing Cardiac Care Resources

One of the keys to preventing heart disease in the first place and ensuring proper cardiac treatment after a heart disease diagnoses is regular cardiac assessments. Women may know their risk factors and they may try their best to make wise choices for their heart health, but getting a cardiac assessment and having regular wellness visits are the only ways to ensure that heart disease is not currently an issue for them.

When a woman schedules a cardiac assessment, she may undergo a series of tests or she may simply have a conversation with her doctor about her personal risk factors and overall health. If she and her doctor determine that she needs some form of cardiac treatment, they can move forward together, seeking out cardiac care resources and looking at various options to improve her health.

The doctors at NCHS are passionate about cardiac care and want to help all women live their best lives with the best heart health they can achieve. When you’re ready to schedule your cardiac assessment or if you’re ready to begin cardiac treatment for an already diagnosed issue, contact the NCHS location nearest to you and set up an appointment today.