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Going red for heart health

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You may notice a number of the faces of ABC 33/40 are wearing red today.  It's in honor of National Wear Red Day.  This is the kickoff of the American Heart Association's annual Go Red For Women campaign.  

As part of today, the AHA is sponsoring a number of events like Babies Go Red at St. Vincent's Hospital.  The babies there are wearing little red caps.  Also at 11AM, the 2nd Annual Wear Red Day Rally kicks off at Linn Park to mark the 10th Anniversary of National Wear Red Day.

Tomorrow on Saturday from 2-4PM, The Red Couch will make a stop at The Summit.  It will be set up outside Eddie Bauer and Tavern on the Summit.  You can find more into on that at followthatcouch.com.

According to the AHA, this Go Red movement "has been impacting the health of women for 10 years. More than 627,000 women's lives have been saved," but  the organizations fight continues.  Check out the facts provided by the AHA below.

GO RED FOR WOMEN® FACT SHEET 
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women - mothers, sisters, daughters, friends - and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. 
  • Heart disease causes one in three women's deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute. 
  • An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease. 
  • Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. 
  • Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease and the gap between men and women's survival continues to widen. 
  • While one in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, heart disease causes one in three deaths each year. 

Heart disease in women requires more attention, more research and swifter action. 
  • Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, yet only one in five American women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat. 
  • Women comprise only 24 percent of participants in all heart-related studies. 
  • Women are less likely to call 9-1-1 for themselves when experiencing symptoms of a heart attack than they are for someone else. 

The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement has been impacting the health of women for 10 years. 
  • More than 627,000 women have been saved from heart disease. 
  • 330 fewer women are dying per day. 

Women who Go Red are more likely to make healthy choices. 
  • Nearly 90 percent have made at least one healthy behavior change. 
  • More than one-third have lost weight. 
  • More than 50 percent have increased their exercise. 
  • Six out of 10 have changed their diets. 
  • More than 40 percent have checked their cholesterol levels. 
  • One-third have talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans. 

 

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