Did you know that MORE WOMEN than men continue to DIE PREMATURELY from heart disease and at a YOUNGER AGE?
Are you one of the 46 percent women who do not know that heart disease is our number one killer? That means: almost one of two women is not aware of this women’s heart health crisis!
Over the last 20 years women have come a long way to understand that heart disease is their greatest health threat. This is greatly due to an all-out educational effort of the American Heart Association (AHA) Go Red For Women and push or women’s heart health research. Recently the AHA reported that about 54 percent of women were aware of the number one killer compared to only 8 percent reported in a 1997 study. Despite the improved awareness among women, the AHA also understands that their work only has begun. It is not acceptable that almost half of the women population does NOT know that heart disease is the Number One Killer.
AHA calls on each one of us to do our part to stay informed, take charge, and get involved!
Stay informed of the latest women’s heart health information shared by credible sources like the AHA, the progress of scientific studies, and case studies. To give you a comprehensive current overview of women’s heart health issues, naturally I recommend my recently published book: The Smart Woman’s Guide to Heart Health: Skillfully Manage 3 Major Heart-Health Risks! The book is based on an extensive information research and science literature review. You will learn that women are still significantly under-represented in scientific clinical trials and studies. In part, cardiovascular diagnoses and heart health treatments still are based on male study subjects.
Though there is hope. Over the last ten years, cardiac research activities with a specific focus on women are beginning to evolve. Here is an example:
A national Veterans Administration Clinical Assessment Reporting and Tracking (CART) Program analysis of nearly 86,000 veterans (including 3,181 women) who had a heart event that led to cardiac catheterizations (Angiogram) found that compared to men:
- Women veterans were younger, were more likely to be obese, depressed and suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Women were also less likely than men to have blockages in their arteries.
The latest gender-specific research on heart disease continues to show differences between women and men. Gaps remain in how to best diagnose, treat and prevent this number one killer of women, according to studies published in 2015 in an American Heart Association journal, Circulation: “Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes,.”
- Take charge of your body, your lifestyle, your behavior, your health, your future! Remember, you can’t and don’t have to do it alone. That means:
- Don’t fall for the quick fixes, diet and exercise program promises.
- Listen to your body what it needs, how it responds, where the stress points are.
- Join a support community, demand care and support from your health care provider.
- Be an active partner with your health care provider, including cardiologist.
- Know your health numbers: blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar, body mass index (BMI).
- Observe and report honestly how your body responds, why or why not you think your attempts to lifestyle changes work or don’t work. For example: as your struggles with weight loss remain, discuss honestly issues you learned about, e.g., stress, depression, over-worked, your over-the-counter medications, supplements etc. that may interfere.
- Join the AHA GoRed4Women – they have online studies, support groups, heart health awareness campaigns.
This website will focus on the overriding theme: Be Informed, Take Charge, Get Involved.
There is no comfort in the overwhelming reality that heart disease remains:
- Heart disease is the #1 Killer for women, especially at a younger age than men.
- Nearly half the women in the US are not aware that they are at highest risk.
- Risks like depression, stress, post-traumatic stress disorder, obesity are major culprits women have to and can overcome.
Research findings are too convincing that we CAN reduce the statistics by taking charge!