Friday, February 5, 2016

My Heart

If you are seeing a lot of red today, It's because the American Heart Association asks everyone to wear red in order to raise awareness for heart disease in women. Here are a few facts about heart disease:
  • Go RED day was designed to promote healthier lives for women of all ages.
  • 1 in 3 women are affected by heart disease in the U.S.
  • Almost 44 million American women are living with heart disease.
  • Studies have shown that after menopause, women have an even higher risk for heart disease. Estrogen seem to promote better cholesterol profiles.
  • In the first year following a heart attack women are 40 percent more likely to die than men.
  • In the six years following a heart attack, women are twice as likely to have a second event as compared to men with similar disease.

The risk factors for heart disease are the same in both men and women:
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • High Cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Family History of Heart Disease
  • Obesity

Your health is your responsibility.  Always address your concerns with your healthcare provider. If you don't feel like they are adequately addressing you needs, then take your life and money to someone who will. 


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