It’s Just A Little Heart Attack.

Go Red For WomenGo Red For Women events are sweeping the nation this month spreading the word about heart disease and attempting to do away with the myth that it’s a man’s disease.

Did you know?

  • Heart disease is the number one killer of women.
  • More women die from heart disease than the next three causes of death combined.
  • Most women (64%) who die suddenly from heart disease had no symptoms.
  • Hispanic women are at greater risk for heart disease.  In fact they develop the disease 10 years earlier than non-Hispanics.  African American women are at two times greater risk of developing heart disease than Caucasian.
  • Making healthy choices – eating nutritious foods, cutting out saturated and trans fats, and getting plenty of physical activity – will help reduce the risk of heart disease.

What’s It Like To Have A Little Heart Attack?

Heart disease is often called the silent killer.  Women may not recognize the symptoms of a heart attack because they are different than men’s.  In fact, women often miss them completely or brush them off as other ailments.

I attended a Go Red For Women luncheon on Friday and we watched Just a Little Heart Attack starring Elizabeth Banks of The Forty Year Old Virgin, and 30 Rock fame.  Elizabeth directed Just A Little Heart Attack for The American Heart Association. Thanks to Elizabeth the film takes a funny approach to a serious issue and accomplishes its mission of being an attention grabber. Elizabeth did a great job! The audience I was with thought it was funny and effective.  Check it out!

Heart-Healthy Cookbook! - The other highlight of the luncheon was getting a copy of Recipes of the Heart cookbook published by the AHA.  Tonight I made the Pumpkin Custard that we were served at the Go Red event.  It’s fabulous.  Check out the recipe here. There are tons of delicious looking heart healthy recipes in the book. I promise to try them all and will share.

Learn more about heart disease and prevention at the American Heart Association web site.