American Heart Association Celebrates 10 Years Of Going Red For Women

This year the American Heart Association celebrates 10 years of going red for women. The annual Go Red For Women events raise awareness around heart disease – the number one cause of death in women.

10 Years Of Fighting Heart Disease In Women.

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.
    •     Source – American Heart Association

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.

Just A Little Heart Attack

Last year The American Heart Association created a video, Just A Little Heart Attack, with Emmy nominated actress Elizabeth Banks.  The video uses humor to tell the story of how one woman tried to ignore the symptoms while she was having a heart attack.  According to the American Heart Association, symptoms in women are:

  1. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  2. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  3. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  5. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than five minutes before calling for help. Call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.

To watch Just A Little Heart Attack, click here.

Blog Your Heart Out BadgeBlog Your Heart Out Day:  February 22, 2013

Fitlosophy joins the American Heart Association on Friday, February 22, 2013 for the 3rd annual Blog Your Heart Out Day.  Fitlosophy asks bloggers to post an article about heart disease and encourage their readers to join the go red for women movement.

All participating bloggers will be entered into a drawing to win a fitbook and a red food scale to give away on their site.  Be sure and mention the Blog Your Heart Out initiative and add the BLHO button to your sidebar.  For more details about Blog Your Heart Out Day click check out the Fitlosophy web site.

To learn more about how you can get your co-workers, schools, and community involved in raising awareness for the number one killer of women www.heart.org/HEARTORG/.