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What is Go RED for Women? Go Red For Women celebrates the energy and passion, where women have the power to band together to wipe out heart disease and.

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2 What is Go RED for Women? Go Red For Women celebrates the energy and passion, where women have the power to band together to wipe out heart disease and stroke. The Month of February is national Heart Disease and Stroke Month.

3 Know the Warning Signs for Heart Disease and Stroke Chest discomfort. – Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. – Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. Shortness of breath – with or without chest discomfort. Other signs – Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness

4 Risk Factors You Can Control or Treat Cholesterol – Know your numbers to know your risk. A simple blood test can show if your blood cholesterol level is desirable, borderline-high or high. Blood Pressure – Have your blood pressure checked each time you visit your doctor. High blood pressure is often called the silent killer because it has no symptoms. After age 55, a much higher percentage of women than men have high blood pressure. Smoking – If you smoke, resolve to quit. Smoking cigarettes puts you at much greater risk for having a heart attack, and its the single greatest cause of preventable death in the United States.

5 Risk Factors You Can Control or Treat Physical Activity – Get up and get moving. The U.S. Surgeon General recommends at least 30 minutes of physical activity on most, and preferably all, days of the week. Obesity – Obesity isnt an appearance issue, its a health issue. Obesity is a major health problem for all Americans, including children. Among women ages 20 and older, 57.6 percent of non-Hispanic whites, 79.6 percent of non-Hispanic blacks and 73 percent of Mexican Americans are overweight or obese. Diabetes – Have your glucose levels checked regularly, especially if diabetes runs in your family. A simple blood test done at the doctors office can show if youre at risk.

6 Risk Factors You Can't Control Unfortunately, there are a number of factors such as age, family history and race, that you can't control. That's why it's so important to understand all of your risk factors, discuss them with your healthcare professional, and address the risk factors that you can control or treat. Age Gender Heredity and Race Stroke Stress Birth Control Pills Alcohol & Illegal Drugs

7 After the Awareness Comes ACTION!!! 10 ways to love your heart. 1. Get regular checkups. 2. Know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers. 3. Follow your doctors recommendations for diet and exercise. 4. Take prescribed medications as directed. 5. If you smoke, quit now. 6. Get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day. 7. Eat a heart-healthy diet, including fruits and vegetables, whole-grain foods and fish. 8. Limit food high in saturated fats and cholesterol. 9. Limit your sodium intake to 2,300 mg a day. 10. If you drink alcohol, drink in moderation. An average of no more than one drink a day.

8 Want to know more!!! If you want to learn more about Go RED for Women or about Heart Diseases then go visit these websites. – –

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11 Created by: Manuel E. Esquivel University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, TX Sources used contact:


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