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February is Heart Month

January 29, 2021

 

In 2004, National Wear Red Day was established as a way to call attention to heart disease and stroke. Today, 48 organizations from 42 countries participate in this annual event. On February 5th, from coast to coast and nation to nation, there will be a wave of red in recognition of Heart Month. It is also a day to raise awareness and help to eradicate cardiovascular disease. 

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for women in this country. It is disproportionately greater among African American women, who also suffer more from hypertension, often resulting in stroke and congestive heart failure (CHF). Regardless of age, income, or class, the number one cause of death among women is heart disease. 1 in 3 women will die from this disease. They might be somebody’s mother, friend, daughter, caregiver or senior assistant. They might be a doctor, nurse, or even a young athlete, because especially among women, it continues to be the # ONE killer. 

Risk factors must be given credence. If you have diabetes, eat an unhealthy diet, don’t exercise regularly, or are overweight, you may be at higher risk. If you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, this also puts you at greater risk than others. Senior home care provides the elderly with support at home, wherever that may be. A care agency can provide them with caregivers who are accustomed to being a part of that senior’s life. A caregiver can prepare nutritious meals, help with exercises, and support their senior in becoming more aware of anything that might negatively impact their health and well being. 

To that end, be sure to maintain a good relationship with your primary care provider. Get to know your body and recognize possible symptoms of cardiovascular disease. If you have chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea or stomach pain, difficulty breathing, or just don’t feel right, seek medical attention immediately. 

Respect that women are important, that knowledge is power, and that we can all make healthier choices to ensure heart health. Prevention leads to cure. A healthy diet and regular exercise can reduce one’s risk by 80%. Going RED helps raise awareness and identify what steps need to be taken in decreasing death and disability from this silent, but deadly disease. 

Ready. Set. Go Red!

 

In 2004, National Wear Red Day was established as a way to call attention to heart disease and stroke. On February 5th, from coast to coast and nation to nation, there will be a wave of red in recognition of Heart Month. It is also a day to raise awareness and help to eradicate cardiovascular disease. 

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