One out of every three deaths among women in the United States each year is attributed to cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke. That makes it the No. 1 cause of death in women, leading to more fatalities than all forms of cancer combined. However, only one in five American women believes that heart disease is her greatest health threat.
To raise awareness of heart disease and empower women with the necessary tools to lead heart healthy lives, Agnesian HealthCare is joining the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® efforts as part of National Wear Red Day, which is on February 7, and will mark the 10th anniversary of Go Red For Women.
On National Wear Red Day, Agnesian HealthCare associates and providers will be wearing red to show support of heart disease awareness and prevention. National Wear Red Day® inspires men and women each year to rally together to raise awareness of heart disease in women.
The symptoms of cardiovascular disease, such as shortness of breath, nausea, back pain and sweating, can be easy to miss for women and sometimes not outwardly apparent, causing it to be known as a “silent killer.”
“The good news is that many of these instances can be avoidable with preventive measures and effective treatments,” according to Juan Diaz, MD, a board-certified interventional cardiologist with Agnesian HealthCare’s Dale Michels Center for Heart Care. “Women can decrease their chances of heart illness by knowing the risk factors and taking simple steps like stop smoking, regular physical activity, eating a heart healthy diet and blood pressure monitoring.”
Agnesian HealthCare is committed to helping people maintain or achieve a healthy life. Knowing the status of your health is a very important first step in knowing if you need to make any lifestyle changes. Individuals can benefit from several health risk assessments on its web site, agnesian.com, to help them take the first step. Visit agnesian.com/know-and-go/know-your-numbers, and take the Heart Health assessment.
Otherwise, visit Agnesian HealthCare’s health library at healthlibrary.agnesian.com to learn more about cardiovascular disease and preventive steps to take now.
“The campaign helps raise awareness about women and heart disease, a major health risk for women in this area,” says Dr. Diaz. “We invite the entire community to ‘go red’ on February 7 to help increase awareness and join us in efforts against this preventable disease.”
During February, the main Agnesian HealthCare campus on Division Street, Ripon Medical Center and Waupun Memorial Hospital will shine in red lights and ribbons to honor all cardiac survivors, and to heighten awareness of heart conditions and disease.