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Why is Everyone Wearing Red today?

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National Wear Red Day and What It Means

Today is National Wear Red Day to help raise awareness for Heart Disease. The American Heart Association, with the support of President Obama, has declared February National Heart Month.

Heart Disease and Women

Although heart disease may be thought of as a problem that typically affects men, women are just as likely to suffer life-altering or life-threatening consequences of this widespread killer.

According to the American Heart Association, one in three women die from heart disease or stroke. With a significant fatality rate, taking heart disease in women seriously is important.

Here are some things you can do to help reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.

  • Visit goredforwomen.org to learn how to reduce your risk.
  • Encourage others to become healthy.
  • Share the GO RED acronym with family and friends.

What is the GO RED Acronym and What Does it Mean?

To provide a concise way to remember the steps everybody can take to help reduce their own chance of heart disease, heart attack or stroke, the American Heart Association and the Go Red for Women campaign created a simple acronym to help. It's literally G.O. R.E.D.

  • Get your numbers: Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose.
  • Own your lifestyle: Stop smoking, lose weight, be physically active and eat healthily.
  • Raise your voice: Advocate for more women’s health-related research and education.
  • Educate your family: Make healthy food choices for you & your family. Teach your kids the importance of staying active.
  • Donate: Support prevention work with a donation of time or money.

The American Heart Association and the Go Red for Women campaign have released some facts about cardiovascular diseases. Follow this link for five little facts that may save your life.

Heart Disease and Men

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), coronary artery disease (narrowing of the arteries leading to the heart) is not the only type of heart disease that takes the lives of men every year.

Other types of heart disease include abnormal heart rhythms, heart failure, heart valve disease, congenital heart disease and pericardial disease to name a few.

Take these seven steps to lower your risk of heart disease.

  1. Get active
  2. Control cholesterol
  3. Eat better
  4. Manage blood pressure
  5. Lose weight
  6. Reduce blood sugar
  7. Stop smoking

If you need help managing your risk factors, Network Health can help. Call us or visit networkhealth.com


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