Go Red

Go Red in February!

Heart disease is the number one killer of women. In fact, more women die of cardiovascular disease than the next three most common causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer. And, 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. While these statistics may seem downright scary, there’s also good news. We all have the power to fight the battle against heart disease by making a few simple lifestyle changes and educating ourselves and others.

The Go Red for Women Movement launched by the American Heart Association in 2004 is making giant strides in raising awareness about heart disease in women. Since the start of the campaign, awareness levels have risen from 34 percent to 54 percent of women who know that heart disease is their number one killer. Millions of dollars have also been raised to fund heart disease research with the specific aim to save lives. Northwell Health is a Cities Go Red Sponsor for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement.

What You Can Do

On February 3rd, join women throughout New York and across the United States who will be wearing red as a statement to help prevent heart disease and stroke. Encourage your friends and family to do so, too! Participate in one or more of the many events Northwell Health will be hosting throughout the month of February to learn more about heart health.

Are you ready to lower your risk of heart disease? We encourage you to check out the American Heart Association’s “Life’s Simple 7.” This list of steps you can take can make a big difference in improving your health and helping you to live a long, healthy life!

Learn more about how to take charge of your heart health. At Katz Institute for Women’s Health, we’re here to answer your questions. Call the Katz Institute for Women’s Health Resource Center at 855-850-5494 to speak to a women’s health specialist.

Get Heart Healthy in 2017

Take Charge of Your Heart Health

When it comes to women’s health, it’s a fact that breast cancer gets far more attention than heart disease. Yet, five times as many women die from heart disease as breast cancer each year. Because heart disease has historically been considered a “man’s disease,” many women lack an awareness of their potential risk.

According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease, including heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke, kills approximately 500,000 women in the United States each year. This number exceeds the next seven causes of death combined, including all cancers. Although these statistics are alarming, there is some good news, too. The death rate from heart disease has decreased by 30 percent in the United States since 1998. This drop is due in large part to greater awareness and healthcare providers’ increasing focus on cardiac screening as part of primary care for women.

What Can You Do?

Although 90 percent of women have at least one risk factor for developing heart disease, 80 percent of current cases are preventable. There are many ways you can lower your risk. And, by doing so, you can improve your overall health and feel great, too! The following are a few simple strategies to help you proactively lower your risk of a cardiac event.

Move More

While going to the gym or participating in a regular exercise class is a great way to lower your risk of a heart attack or stroke, there are many ways to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine. It can be as simple as taking a brisk walk, dancing or riding your bike. The key is to aim for some amount of physical activity 30 minutes per day.

Manage Your Stress

Heart disease is more common in women who experience chronic stress. Although it’s impossible to remove all sources of daily stress, there are ways to manage your stress, including limiting exposure to triggers that bring on stressful feelings. For example, if you’re feeling short on time, you may want to re-prioritize your schedule. Seeking the support of a trusted friend, family member or counselor can provide comfort if you’re anxious about a relationship or situation. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of changing your perspective to better cope with daily stressful events.

In addition, there are good ways to relieve your stress. Exercise and yoga are natural remedies for anxiety and stress that release powerful endorphins in the brain which reduce pain and lift your mood. Making time to connect with people around you and spending time outside can also offer significant mood-boosting benefits.

Find the Right Doctor

Your primary healthcare provider should be someone you trust and can talk to without embarrassment or anxiety. When it comes to your heart, your doctor can be a primary source of information and support to ensure you’re doing all you can to protect your health.

“I recommend choosing a doctor who you can relate to like a trusted confidant or friend,” says Dr. Stacey Rosen, Vice President, Women’s Health, Katz Institute for Women’s Health. “By developing a rapport, you can gain the insights and motivation you need to lower your risk of developing heart disease.”

Know your Numbers

Hypertension, high cholesterol and elevated blood sugar are all easy to diagnose but can often get overlooked in women who don’t obtain regular checkups. Learning your numbers is the first step in controlling heart disease before symptoms develop.

Do you want to learn more about women’s heart health prevention? At Katz Institute for Women’s Health, we’re here to answer your questions. Call the Katz Institute for Women’s Health Resource Center at 855-850-5494 to speak to a women’s health specialist.

Health Tips, September 2015

1: Learn Stroke Warning Signs: Each year 55,000 more women than men suffer a stroke, according to the National Stroke Association. Like with a heart attack, symptoms of a stroke are often different in women. Common symptoms include loss of consciousness, weakness, difficulty breathing, nausea, seizure and confusion. If you are experiencing symptoms, call 911 immediately. Read tips for protecting your heart.

2: Stretching Offers Extended Benefits: Women of all ages can incorporate stretching into their exercise program to increase muscle flexibility and joint range of motion. The controlled movements of yoga and tai chi are a great way to stretch. Health benefits of regular stretching are far-reaching, including improved circulation, better posture, stress relief and enhanced coordination. Learn more about keeping your bones, muscles and joints safe during exercise.

3: Delight in the Flavors of Fall: With the changing of the season comes a bounty of fruits and vegetables that can be incorporated into healthy fall meals. Seasonal produce is always the freshest and most affordable option in the grocery store and at the farmer’s market. Experiment with cooler weather favorites like apples, beets, cranberries, eggplant, grapes, pears and pomegranates. Don’t forget to include a dash of pumpkin spice to bread, sweet potatoes and squash!