Feb. 1 is National Wear Red Day, a campaign for the American Heart Association‘s Go Red for Women initiative. The goal is to bring awareness to women’s heart health and improve the lives of women worldwide.
According to triblive.com, heart disease is not just a men’s disease, it is also the leading killer of women. Statistically, heart disease and stroke account for about 1 in 3 deaths of women each year; that is a ratio that can be drastically reduced through education and lifestyle changes.
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“Sugar is the new fat. We also talk about exercise,” Srinivasan said. “Simple steps such as walking more or using a stand-up desk can help. Also, eating a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables is important. Don’t stop at a fast food drive-through and then sit in front of the television all night. Don’t smoke, and get regular checkups.”
Women are more likely to die from heart disease than breast cancer.
Excela Health cardiologist Maliha Zahid said, “Symptoms of a heart attack can range from no symptoms to chest pain or pressure that may or may not radiate to the neck jaw or arms. It may just present as episodic shortness of breath and/or fatigue and exercise intolerance. In women, symptoms are more likely to be atypical and unusual.”
Women can reduce the risk of heart disease through a diet rich in vegetables, fruits
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