January 25, 2019 – Did you know that cardiovascular diseases continue
to be a big threat to women’s health, killing nearly one in every
three women each year? According to the American Heart Association, heart
disease claims more lives than all forms of cancer combined. However,
nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented through education,
awareness and lifestyle changes.
To help increase awareness of women’s heart disease, the Southeast
Georgia Health System
Cardiopulmonary Services department is encouraging the community to wear red on National Wear Red
Day®, Friday, Feb. 1. Additionally, they urge everyone to schedule
a prevention appointment to review overall health, including blood pressure
and cholesterol, and evaluate early stages of heart disease, stroke risks
and other cardiovascular illnesses.
Many health and lifestyle factors may increase the risk of heart disease.
Although some risk factors cannot be changed, such as age, race and family
history, others can be treated, managed or controlled with the help of
a health care provider. Important risk factors for heart disease that
are modifiable include:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Being overweight
- Being physically inactive
In 2003, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and
Blood Institute launched the “Go Red for Women” campaign to
bring awareness to a disease that was claiming the lives of nearly 500,000
American women each year. That year, National Wear Red Day was born. Held
annually on the first Friday in February, National Wear Red Day aims to
bring awareness to cardiovascular risks and remind women of ways to live
longer, healthier lives.
find a health care provider, visit
sghs.org, or call toll-free 855-ASK-SGHS (275-7447).