Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 celebrates National Wear Red Day with Go Red For Women to help save women’s lives.
Each year, 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke. We can change that because 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.
FACTS ABOUT CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES
Heart disease and stroke affect women of all ethnicities.
- Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death for African-American women, killing
nearly 50,000 annually.
- Only 43% of African American women and 44% of Hispanic women know that heart disease is
their greatest health risk, compared with 60% of Caucasian women.
- Of African-American women ages 20 and older, 48.9% have cardiovascular disease. Yet, only
20% believe they are at risk.
- Only 50% of African-American women are aware of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.
- Hispanic women are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than Caucasian women.
- Only 3 in 10 Hispanic women say they have been informed that they are at a higher risk.
- Only 1 in 4 Hispanic women is aware of treatment options.
Cardiovascular diseases cause one in three women’s deaths each year, killing approximately
one woman every minute.
- An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by cardiovascular diseases.
- 90% of women have one or more risk factors for heart disease or stroke.
- 80% of heart disease and stroke events could be prevented.
Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease & stroke.
- Fewer women than men survive their first heart attack.
- The symptoms of heart attack can be different in women vs. men, and are often
misunderstood – even by some physicians.
- Women have a higher lifetime risk of stroke than men.
- Each year, about 55,000 more women than men have a stroke.
Go Red For Women is about much more than wearing red on National Wear Red Day. It’s about making a change.
Here are a few ways you can make a change today:
- Go to GoRedForWomen.org to learn what you can do to reduce your risk of heart disease and
- Encourage your family and friends to take small steps toward healthy lifestyle choices to
reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke, too.
- Explain “What it means to Go Red” by sharing the following acronym:
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 healthy.
Raise Your Voice: Advocate for more women-related research and education.
Educate Your Family: Make healthy food choices for you & your family. Teach your kids the importance
of staying active.
Donate: Show your support with a donation of time or money HERE.
Together, we can put an end to heart disease. Women, it’s time to Go Red.
For more information, please visit GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278).