Be Smart About Your Health
February is Heart Month – Wear Red Campaign
Get informed on Women and Heart Disease. Yes, heart disease is largely preventable. It is also important to know your family history, especially our young ladies becoming adults.
Get Informed: Facts on Women and Heart Disease
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States.
- Although heart disease is sometimes thought of as a “man’s disease,” around the same number of women and men die each year of heart disease in the United States.
- Some conditions and lifestyle choices increase a person’s chance for heart disease, including diabetes, overweight and obesity, poor diet, physical inactivity, and excessive alcohol use.
- High blood pressure, high LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol(https://www.cdc.gov/cholesterol/ldl_hdl.htm), and smoking are key risk factors for heart disease. LDL is considered the “bad” cholesterol because having high levels can lead to buildup in your arteries and result in heart disease and stroke. Lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol and not smoking will reduce your chances for heart disease. Click here to read the CDC, Wear Red campaign.