Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, killing approximately 400.000 women per year, which represents one in every four female deaths. Heart disease is sometimes thought of as a “man’s disease” but it is important to know that about the same number of women and men die each year of cardiovascular disease.
Risk factors such as smoking, obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes are spreading among women across the country. Complicating matters, women with heart disease often have different symptoms than men, such as back or jaw pain instead of the common crushing chest pain men often describe as a first symptom. Additionally, according to doctors, women are also more likely to deny the problem.
Awareness of heart disease among women is gradually rising and the American Heart Association Go Red for Women campaign is an excellent way to raise awareness and help women across the country.
Go Red For Women encourages awareness of the issue of women and heart disease. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power women have to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them the tools they need to lead a heart healthy life.
The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke. It works to improve the lives of all Americans, providing public health education in a variety of ways. In 2010, it set a strategic goal of reducing death and disability from cardiovascular disease and strokes by 20 percent while improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent by the year 2020.
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