You may be surprised to learn that heart disease and stroke – not breast cancer, old age or Alzheimer’s – is the leading cause of death among women in the U.S. Heart disease and stroke claim the lives of 1 in 3 women, or approximately 422,000 each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While many people associate heart disease with men, women are actually more likely than men to die within the first year following a heart attack. So why is it that we don’t readily associate heart disease with women? Whatever the reason, National Wear Red Day aims to raise awareness of the illness so women can begin to take better care of their hearts.
According to the CDC, 80 percent of all cardiac events can be prevented. All it takes is a little bit of education and some lifestyle changes to help women decrease their risk for heart disease. With a proper diet, smoking cessation, added activity and moderate alcohol consumption, women can lead a healthier, longer, more vibrant life.
Careers That Can Help Save Lives
The United States is fortunate to have so many women in healthcare careers helping to spread the word about women’s heart health. In 2011, 91 percent of all registered nurses were women, according to the U.S. Census. Nursing is just one of several careers in the health sciences whose professionals can have a real impact on reducing the number of heart disease and stroke casualties across the country.
Celebrating National Wear Red Day
Whether you want to wear red for women’s heart health on February 3rd, promote the #GoRed hashtag through social media, or take a bigger stand and commit yourself to a healthcare career, Lincoln Tech fully supports you in this endeavor. We look forward to a world where improved heart health leads to longer, fuller lives for women everywhere!