A close friend was recently named to the Board of her city's (American Heart Association) Go Red for Women™ initiative. Did you know that more women in the U.S. die of heart disease and heart-related problems than any other cause? Did you know that simple changes we can make in our daily lives have the power to lower that statistic significantly? It's true! Education is a powerful tool and, in this case, educating ourselves has the power to save our lives. Do you know the warning signs of a heart attack? Do you know how many women ignore those signs? Check out the video, "Just a Little Heart Attack", a humorous but all too realistic look at how many busy women (and face it, we're all busy women) treat the signs of impending danger.
One of my brothers called me last night to ask me some questions about my health. He's compiling a sibling health history for the five of us. Health histories are important. We have a long history of heart problems on the maternal side of my family. My mom died of heart disease at the very young age of 53. Her mother and siblings faced heart issues as well. Knowing that information has given me the incentive to monitor my own heart health closely. And, it's helped my doctor to provide the educational materials I need to accomplish that and schedule the appropriate tests to make sure I have good heart health. Knowing your numbers is an important part of that process. Do you know your cholesterol numbers, your blood pressure, your sugar levels?
My brother happened to call last night while I was watching Hot in Cleveland. (Don't you just love Betty White?) Anyway, while I was on the phone talking with my brother about our health, the characters on Hot in Cleveland started talking about Go Red for Women™ and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Knock me over the head much? Maybe the universe is trying to tell me something.
I've answered the universe's messages to me and now I'm passing them along to you. Do you know your numbers? Do you follow a heart-healthy lifestyle? Know the signs of a heart attack? Know your family's health history? Have you been trained in CPR? Do you have any tips for carving out all-important "me" time in our busy schedules? Any easy, heart-healthy recipes you'd like to share? Let's talk about what we can all do to keep our bodies healthy, well-oiled machines that will take us far into the future.
National Wear Red Day is February 3, 2012. Don't forget to wear your red to support women's heart health!
Visit the American Heart Association Go Red for Women™ website for more information and guidelines to follow for a heart healthy life. It's never too early - or late - to begin!