Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. One of every four deaths can be attributed to this deadly disease. But, it is 80% preventable. During the month of February, Illinois Senate Republicans want to raise awareness about ways to prevent heart disease in recognition of National Heart Month.
While heart disease certainly affects both men and women, the risk factors are much higher in women between the ages of 18-55 than for men. Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined. Fortunately, 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.
In an effort to bring to light the risks and impact that heart disease has in the lives of women everywhere, Illinois Senate Republicans will be joining members of the Conference of Women Legislators (COWL) and Illinois health officials in wearing red for the annual Go Red Day at the Illinois State Capitol on Feb. 17. The goal of the event is to spread awareness of heart disease in women, and to encourage them to schedule a Well-Woman Visit with their doctor to get a full overview of their heart health.
The American Heart Association provides five key ways you can GO RED this year:
- Get Your Numbers: Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose.
- Own Your Lifestyle: Stop smoking, lose weight, be physically active and eat healthy.
- Raise Your Voice: Advocate for more women-related research and education.
- Educate Your Family: Teach your kids and family the importance of staying active.
- Donate: Show your support with a donation of time or money.
Also, a full schedule of activities planned for Heart Month across the state can be found here.
About Go Red for Women Movement
Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association's national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women because it’s not just a man’s disease. In fact, more women than men die every year from heart disease and stroke. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Go Red For Women advocates for more research and swifter action for women's heart health. The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement is nationally sponsored by Macy's, with additional support from our cause supporters. For more information, please visit GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278).