Do you know the truth about women and heart disease? More women die of heart disease than any other disease—even breast cancer. And living with it can lead to disability and a decreased quality of life.
Join Durham Regional staff on National Wear Red Day tomorrow—Friday, February 1—to help spread the message that heart disease doesn’t care what you wear; it’s the number one killer of women. Wear your favorite red dress, red shirt or red tie to inspire women to take action to protect their hearts.
For women ages 40-60, having just one risk factor can increase your risk for heart disease by 40 percent. Multiple risk factors multiply your risk. Know the risk factors for heart disease that you have control over:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol and high triglyceride levels
- Physical inactivity
- Diabetes and pre-diabetes
Talk to your doctor to find out if you are at risk, and take action. Not smoking, heart healthy eating, physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight and taking prescribed medication can help control and reduce your risks.
To learn more about women and heart disease, visit The Heart Truth or call the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Health Information Center at 301-592-8573. Visit durhamregional.org to learn about our heart services and find a cardiologist who’s right for you.