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Friday Is 'National Wear Red Day' for Women's Heart Health
Date:1/31/2013

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  • One in every 31 women will die from breast cancer, while one in every three women will lose their life to heart disease.
  • Nine out of 10 women now have one or more risk factors for heart disease.
  • Despite the death toll, many women still remain unaware of the threat. According to the American Heart Association, only one in five women know that heart disease is the leading killer of women, and they also comprise just 24 percent of participants in heart-related studies, the association noted.

    But there are things every woman can do to reduce her risk for heart trouble. According to the American Heart Association, women who say they have been made more aware of the dangers through the Go Red campaign typically made healthy changes. For example, more than a third said they have lost excess pounds, more than half said they are exercising more and a third said they have talked to their physicians about developing a "heart health plan."

    "It's so important to understand your personal risk factors and often overlooked common symptoms, and to share that information with the women you love," Mieres said.

    Janney agreed, noting that there is strength in numbers as women come together to fight heart disease. "Together," she said, "women have the power to save our own lives."

    More information

    Find out about Go Red for Women events in your area.

    -- E.J. Mundell

    SOURCE: American Heart Association, news releases, Jan. 30, 2013


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