February is Go Red for Women and American Heart Month. “Nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented, cardiovascular diseases continue to be a woman’s greatest health threat”.

Go Red for Women

What is Go Red for Women?

In Go Red for Women the American Heart Association:

“The American Heart Association’s signature women’s initiative, Go Red for Women, is a comprehensive platform designed to increase women’s heart health awareness and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women globally”.

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Do heart disease and stroke (cardiovascular disease) kill more women than breast cancer?

Yes. In Why Go Red the World Heart Federation explain:

“Heart disease and stroke do not just affect men.
In fact it is the leading cause of death in women globally with over two million premature deaths each year: this represents more than cancer, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and malaria combined”.

Go Red for Women

What does it mean to Go Red for Women?

In What It Means To Go Red for Women? the AHA elaborate on:

“1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke each year. So we encourage you to join movement to end heart disease and stroke in women because it’s not just a man’s disease. Here’s what it means to Go Red:

G: GET YOUR NUMBERS…
O: OWN YOUR LIFESTYLE…
R:  REALIZE YOUR RISK…
E:  EDUCATE YOUR FAMILY…
D: DON’T BE SILENT…”.

Know Your Numbers

What numbers do women (and men) need to know?

In Know Your Numbers? They Could Just Save Your Life: The Important Numbers the AHA elaborate on:

Go Red for Women 2020“Knowing your numbers is important! The American Heart Association recommends that you be aware of five key numbers:

  1. Total Cholesterol
  2. HDL (good) Cholesterol
  3. Blood Pressure
  4. Blood Sugar
  5. Body Mass Index (BMI).

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Last Updated: 07 February 2020 – Last Revised: 28 January 2020
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