It used to be the only hearts we thought about during February were Valentines. But much has changed in the past few decades. Research and medical technology have taught us the devastating effects of heart disease and women.
- 90 percent of women have at least one risk factor for developing heart disease.
- More women die of heart disease than the next four causes of death combined including cancer.
- Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in women over the age of 20.
It’s sobering facts like these that make us applaud the efforts of the American Heart Association to declare February “American Heart Month.”
Events will be held throughout the country this month to help raise awareness and education of women and heart disease. Although some of the symptoms women have are similar to those of men, they can also be atypical. Women can think they have the flu or have pain in their shoulder or back. It can go undetected for long periods of time.
At Bon Secours, free screenings and a panel discussion will be held Feb. 17 and 24 during a seminar dubbed “The Heart of the Matter for Women.” Some of the topics to be discussed include: Stopping a Serial Killer – Women & Heart Disease, Should I Worry if My Heart Races? and Disparities in Women’s Heart Care. The events are free but registration is required.
Across the nation, women will be wearing red to promote healthy heart habits such as quitting smoking, eating healthy foods, getting regular exercise and lowering bad cholesterol levels.
From now until Feb. 14, Macy’s will donate $1 to Go Red For Women – a campaign to raise awarenss – for every free Valentine sent through the department store’s Facebook page.
Other fundraisers include Zumba marathons – an exercise class that uses latin-inspired dance moves with fitness variations. You can find a local Party Hearty Zumbathon by clicking here. Seventy-five percent of ticket fees will benefit the American Heart Association’s campaign Go Red Por Tu Corazon, which focuses on awareness among latinas.
Learn More About Cardiovascular Disease from Dr. Robert Dunton, medical director of the Bon Secours Heart & Vascular Institute
Take the Bon Secours Heart Risk Assessment