NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s Go Red Day!
The movement aims to end heart disease and stroke in women. Every year, more than 400,000 women die from heart disease. It’s the number one killer of both men and women, but the warning signs can be different for women.
Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women worldwide. For women, there are specific parts of life that can put them at a higher risk for heart disease, like pregnancy.
“If they develop high blood pressure during their pregnancy, they’ve kind of failed the stress test of pregnancy,” Dr. Nandita Scott of MGH Women’s Heart Health told 22News. “These women are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease over their lifetime.”
Dr. Scott says many people think breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women and it’s not. One in 10 women die of breast cancer and one in three die of heart disease.
“And so I think it’s taking personal responsibility and accountability and to reduce your own personal risk factors,” Dr. Scott explained.
That means knowing your numbers. Know where your blood pressure and cholesterol levels should be, and check them with what yours are.
Don’t smoke, exercise, eat a healthy diet and you will lower your risk for heart disease.
The AHA’s Go Red For Women campaign hopes to increase women’s awareness and help fund research to discover more knowledge about cardiovascular health.