THE NUMBER 1 KILLER IN WOMEN

 

The HH Go Red for Heart Disease

The HH Go Red for Heart Disease

 

Hey HH Family!

Did you know that heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined? Yes, sadly it is the number 1 killer in women. Also, did you know that it can be prevented with diet and exercise? Yes, the right lifestyle choices can either prevent it or feed the disease. There are so many ways to bring awareness and educate women around you. You never know, you or your loved one could be next.

 

Being the Healthy Housewives, my team and I are always looking for ways to educate ourselves and others around us. We love living a healthy lifestyle. We know that we have to live healthy for the rest of our lives in order to fight disease and live a quality life. In this particular blog, we are here to educate you about heart disease.

 

What is heart disease? The term heart disease includes several conditions. But the term most often refers to coronary heart disease, in which plaque builds up in the arteries. Heart disease is the number one cause of death for men and women in the United States.

 

What Causes Heart Disease? Atherosclerosis is a buildup of fatty plaque in the arteries. Poor diet, lack of exercise, being overweight and smoking all increases the risk for atherosclerosis. As atherosclerosis develops, the coronary arteries narrow and weaken increasing the risk of heart attack, heart failure and stroke.

Plaque build up

Plaque build up

 

Treatment & Remedies: A healthy diet, exercise, quitting smoking and, and losing weight. Medicines include blood thinners, ACE inhibitors, statins, and calcium channel blockers, among others. Some cases are treated with bypass surgery to reroute blood flow to the heart or with angioplasty, which is a procedure to expand narrowed arteries.

More Facts:

  • Plaque that accumulates in the arteries is made up of cholesterol deposits.
  • A heart attack often has different symptoms in men and women.
  • Atherosclerosis can affect any artery in the body including ones in the brain, arms, legs and pelvis.
  • An excess of alcohol, salt, and saturated fat in the diet increases your risk for heart disease.

The Healthy Housewives are attending the “Go Red for Women” American Heart Association in Dallas February 1st at the Anatole Hotel where former first lady Laura Bush is speaking about heart disease. There will also be other guest speakers who have had heart disease and have fought it. If you live in the DFW metroplex, please come to this wonderful event. Also, we would love to meet you as well. Here is the info for the event. https://ahadallas.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/20122013DallasGoRedLuncheon/tabid/401649/Default.aspx

Please spread awareness

Please spread awareness

 

The following is from www.goredforwomen.org page. Please read this!

In 2003, the American Heart Association faced a challenge; cardiovascular disease claimed the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year, yet women were not paying attention. In fact, many even dismissed it as an “older man’s disease.” To dispel these myths of heart disease as the No. 1 killer of women, the American Heart Association, along with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute created National Wear Red Day® to raise awareness of this critical issue. Each year, on the first Friday in February, millions of women and men come together to wear red, take action and commit to fighting this deadly disease.

One year later, in 2004, the AHA also created Go Red For Women – a passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health as well as band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It challenges women to know their risk for heart disease and use the tools that that Go Red For Women provides to take action to reduce their personal risk.

Funds raised by Go Red For Women allow the American Heart Association to help women by offering educational programs, increase women’s understanding about their risk for heart disease and support research to discover scientific knowledge about heart health. We turn science into materials and tools that healthcare providers and decision-makers can use to help women. Scientific guidelines on women and healthcare providers receive the most up-to-date strategies and treatments tailored to a woman’s individual risk.

Since the first National Wear Red Day 10 years ago, tremendous strides have been made in the fight against heart disease in women, including:

  • 21% fewer women dying from heart disease
  • 23% more women aware that it’s their No. 1 health threat
  • Publishing of gender-specific results, established differences in symptoms and responses to medications and women-specific guidelines for prevention and treatment
  • Legislation to help end gender disparities

But the fight is far from over as still hundreds of thousands of women still die each year. It’s time to stand stronger, speak louder and join us in the fight this National Wear Red Day.

It’s time to Go Red. Join us in the fight to bring awareness to those around you!

Yours in Health,

Marzia Prince

Creator of the Healthy Housewives

To learn more:

http://www.goredforwomen.org/

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/

https://ahadallas.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/20122013DallasGoRedLuncheon/tabid/401649/Default.aspx

 

 

 

 

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