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.