Friday, February 2 is National Wear Red Day for American Heart Month. You can help by choosing to wear read and donating to research for Heart Disease.
Why Go Red? You can't judge a book by its cover and don't know who and who does not have cardiovascular disease. Did you know that one woman dies every 80 seconds in the U.S. from the disease?
These deaths can be prevented with awareness and lifestyle changes. Go Red For Women is an initiative for more action and research to prevent the disease and to protect women’s heart health.
I am one of those women that could have been a statistic. I ate a healthy diet, exercised and kept my weight under control. What I couldn't do anything about was my gene pool and the disease unfortunately was passed down from my mom and grandmother. Both had coronary artery disease and so do I.
When it went to the doctor with some symtoms he wasn't sure I had any problem at all. After a nuclear stress test he found a blockage and put in a stint. It was at that time I learned the blockage was in the widow maker and it was blocked 99%. He told me he wasn't sure I would live through the weekend. But I did and that was 9 years ago.
These are the areas of your health to keep a watch over. Be alert to symptoms. Have your Total Cholesterol, HDL (good) Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Body Mass Index (BMI) checked. Know your numbers and have regular doctor check ups. Listen to what your body is telling you and when something doesn't feel right, see the doctor.
I will be wearing red today for National Wear Red Day. Will you?
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