Going red in February

Joy Montgomery
February 3, 2018

Her experience as the victim of heart attack and her life since then has lead to Youngblood to join in the efforts of the "Go Red for Women Campaign" and the American Heart Association to promote public awareness of the threat heart disease poses to women.

McMaster delivered an official proclamation declaring Friday (2/2) as "Wear Red Day" in SC to honor and support the women affected by heart 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.

The Villager's February 1, 2018, weekly print issue has a special red color for National Wear Red Day to help raise awareness about heart disease and stroke. However, there is good news! Our goal is to be less than 120/80. Studies show people who have achieved even a moderate level of fitness are much less likely to die early than those with a low fitness level. Women should know their cholesterol, blood pressure and sugar levels.

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Cathy Brandt, Corporate Events Director for northeast Iowa, says the AHA is beginning to close the gap between heart disease and America's number two killer - all cancers combined.

Knowing your risks is the first step in combating heart disease. For example, people under stress may overeat, start smoking or smoke more than they otherwise would. Also, visit the American Heart Association website at www.heart.org, CDC webpage at www.cdc.gov/heartdisease, or the Sussex County website at www.sussex.nj.us, and search the word "heart". Be aware of your blood pressure and cholesterol. It contributes to obesity, alcoholism, suicide and accidents.

Don't smoke, drink in moderation, and focus on getting exercise are some of the top three suggestions given by physicians for cutting down on the risk of developing a heart disease.

According to the American Heart Association, the more a woman knows about heart disease, the better chance she has of beating it. The differences - which include artery size, blood pressure, resting heart rate and differences in the way plaque builds up in the blood vessels - make it more hard to properly diagnose heart problems in women, it concludes.

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