One in three women die from heart disease and stroke each year. Roughly 55,000 more women than men die, annually, because of cardiovascular disease. 90% of all women have one or more risk factors for heart disease or stroke.
Fortunately, the numbers can also be encouraging. 80% of heart disease and stroke events may be prevented by lifestyle changes and education. Friday, Feb. 5 is National Go Red For Women Day. Reach for the bold color in your wardrobe and get a conversation started about heart health and continue to build on progress that has been made.
The American Heart Association has a tool on its website called Life's Simple Seven that is designed to help people make changes that could help save lives. They include: Manage Blood Pressure; Control Cholesterol; Reduce Blood Sugar; Get Active; Eat Better; Lose Weight; and Stop Smoking.