American Heart Month
During February, the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement and its latest Hispanic movement, Go Red Por Tu Corazon, work to beat heart disease, the number-one killer of women. Each year, cardiovascular diseases claim the lives of nearly half a million women – almost one per minute. Show support for the women in your life on National Wear Red Day, February 6th, by wearing red, and join the thousands of women who are choosing to reduce their personal risk for heart disease.
About Heart Disease in Women
There’s a lot of talk about inequality between men and women, but one area in particular where women are leading in record numbers: heart disease. It’s the No. 1 killer of women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer. But there’s a leadership role just waiting for women like you to pounce on: Leading the charge to end this deadly foe once and for all.
In fact, women like Rachel D’Souza-Siebert have already decided they’re not going to take this lying down. “As women,” says Rachel, “we need to learn where to draw the line so we can take care of ourselves.” Rachel isn’t the only one. She’s one of thousands of women who’ve decided to Go Red, because enough is enough.
Cheryl Holmes thought pregnancy was the reason for her extreme sweating and difficulties breathing. Even Cheryl’s doctor was convinced pregnancy was the source of her symptoms. When they didn’t subside after the birth of her child, she discovered these symptoms were a sign of heart disease.
Unfortunately, Cheryl’s story isn’t uncommon. Many women are either unaware of the symptoms to pay attention to or may attribute their symptoms as due to other causes. For instance, that pain in your jaw, neck or back? Don’t assume it‘s just from the gym or a little extra stress. They could be symptoms of a heart attack.
Enough with the Bad News
In this section you’ll hear stories from more women who Go Red, and learn out how you can join them in this fight. We’ll arm you with the facts about heart disease and dispel some myths, tell you what symptoms to look out for, offer tips on how to cope with the disease and provide the latest news and research to beat and treat heart disease. Because knowledge is power, and the more you know, the easier it is for you to win.
Let’s Wipe Out Heart Disease Together
This is the leadership role you were born to take on. The strength of mothers, sisters, daughters and friends, fighting side by side is more powerful than any killer. It’s time to shout louder, stand stronger and demand change. So, what do you say? Are you ready to jump in and join the fight? We hope so. Because together, we can put an end to heart disease.
Women, it’s time to Go Red.
Contact the American Heart Association for more information.