The Central Cardiology Medical Clinic is presenting a Men Go Red For Women event to support women in their fight against heart disease. February is Go Red for Women month, to help raise awareness about heart health in women. Even thought it is March now you could still do a lot for women, it’s not too late. “A lot of the young people feel fine, they don’t feel like they need to be tested. they feel that heart disease is an older person disease and it’s really not, it can affect you at anytime,” said Caryn Lesmeister from the International Heart Institute at Providence St. Patrick Hospital.
According to the American Heart Association, 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for heart disease or stroke. Fewer women than men survive their first heart attack. Cardiovascular disease and stroke causes 1 and 3 women’s death each year, killing one woman every 80 seconds. The fact is heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing one in three deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute. The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women® movement advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health for this very reason. Go Red for Women® advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power women have to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease and stroke. It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them the tools they need to lead a heart-healthy life. The American Heart Association is working aggressively to reduce cardiovascular disease and strokes by 20 percent by the year 2020.