Nearly a decade of years ago, the American Heart Association presented "Go Red for Women", a movement providing information to women about cardiovascular disease. Through local community events and awareness activities, thousands across the country wear red to unite in the national movement to give women a personal and urgent wake-up call about their risk for heart disease. Volunteers with the organization say their ultimate goal is to let people know about the silent killer.
Heart disease has claimed the lives of almost 500,000 American women each year. Here are a few ways you can "Go Red" this February.
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Heart disease is the number one killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined. That's why the Go Red For Women Movement was created and National Wear Red Day furthers that mission. One of our main priorities at Saint Thomas Health is ensuring women have the necessary access to care and educational information to remain heart healthy. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases may be preventable with education and lifestyle changes. On Saturday, February 3, the American Heart Association is sponsoring Triangle Go Red for Women Health Screening and Hemline for Hearts. Tell your server that you're wearing red to celebrate Wear Red Day, a release stated.
According to the report, the early signs of a heart attack were missed in 78 per cent of women and they are more likely than men to die or suffer a second heart attack.
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"One test (women are) getting is an angiogram, but their blood vessels are so small that the angiogram is not sensitive enough to detect a problem", said Cheryl Moser, the Foundation's spokeswoman for Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
"Heart Smart For Women provides a practical step-by-step program to help women of all ages put the research and physician's guidance into action", Mieres said.