by Elaine C. Mansour
In 2004, the American Heart Association (AHA) faced a gigantic problem. Cardiovascular disease claimed the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year, yet women were not paying attention.
According to the AHA, lots of women tend to dismiss heart disease as an "old man disease."
Go Red for Women day is designed to get rid of all the myths surrounding heart disease and make women more aware that heart disease is the number one killer of women and empower them with solutions.
In 2010 the AHA created a monumental goal to reduce death an disability from heart disease and strokes by 20% while continuing to improve the heart health of all Americans by 20% by the year 2020.
While in the past heart disease and heart attack have largely been associated with men, women were ignored as a specific group, leading to the overall lack of awareness that it is such a threat.
According to the AHA, "Only 55 percent of women realize heart disease is their No. 1 killer and less than half know what are considered healthy levels for cardiovascular risk factors like blood pressure and cholesterol. The Go Red For Women movement works to make sure women know they are at risk so they can take action to protect their health."
So what are you waiting for? Don your favorite piece of red clothing and join the movement!
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