American Heart Month Offers Men And Women The Opportunity To Learn About Their Risk For Heart Disease
Women Urged To Take Action Against Their No. 1 Killer on National Wear Red Day – Promote Heart Health All This Month
In its ongoing effort to raise public awareness about heart disease, the American Heart Association reminds everyone that February is American Heart Month, a month used to highlight its year-round mission of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Cardiovascular diseases, including stroke, are the leading cause of death in America. Statewide, they caused 18,244 deaths (32.2%) in 2008 (latest figures available). Because heart disease is largely preventable, the American Heart Association works to educate the public on how to lower risks for developing heart disease.
Families in the American community have benefited from American Heart Association funded research, which has led to many lifesaving discoveries including CPR, pacemakers, bypass surgery, artificial heart valves, microsurgery and life-extending drugs. During American Heart Month, much of the efforts of the American Heart Association focus on its Go Red For Women movement. More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined. Unfortunately, heart disease is often silent, hidden and misunderstood. Currently some eight million women in the U.S. are living with heart disease, yet only one in six women believes that heart disease is her greatest health threat. In fact, 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.