Did you know that an estimated of 44 million women in the U.S. are affected by cardiovascular diseases? 1 in 3 women die of a heart disease, killing approximately one women every 80 seconds. Cardiovascular diseases are the No.1 killer in women.
What is National Wear Red Day?
National Wear Read day is the first Friday in February since 2003. The Go Red for women campaign is to encourage all women and individuals to bring awareness to heart diseases and other cardiovascular diseases. Wear red not for only women but to stand for a better cause in saving those who are affected by cardiovascular diseases.
Types of Cardiovascular Conditions:
• Rheumatic heart disease – caused by one or more attacks of rheumatic fever, which then does damage to the heart more specifically the valves.
• Hypertensive heart disease -origin is currently unknown to how this disease is started, but has a connection with high blood pressure.
• Ischemic heart disease – caused by narrowing of the coronary arteries, which results in the decreasing blood supply to the heart.
• Inflammatory heart disease – caused by the inflammation of the heart muscle, the membrane sac and the inner lining of the heart.
• Cerebrovascular disease - caused by either a cerebrovascular accident or stroke, which can lead to and impeded blood supple to parts of the brain.
• Heart Failure - a chronic condition when he muscles become severely damaged to pump enough blood around your body.
• Stroke – this is cause by blood clots in an artery to the brain or narrowing of the arteries.
• Congenital heart disease – when a child is born with malformations of their heart’s structure.
Today nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day because of the Go Red for Women campaign.
Common Symptoms of Heart Disease:
• Chest Discomfort
• Nausea, Indigestion, Heartburn or Stomach pain
• Pain that Spreads through the Arm
• Feeling dizzy or Lightheaded
• Legs, feet, and ankles are swollen
• If you’re a smoker, quit smoking. The effects of quitting smoking are rapid towards your health and make a difference on your blood pressure, circulation and your oxygen supply.
• Maintaining a healthy diet, research suggests a diet high in raw fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and omega 3- fatty acids.
• Maintaining a healthy weight, such as exercising once a day. Doing simple such as walking for 30 minutes to 60 minutes.
• Hypertension, which is high blood pressure, is a contributor to many cardiovascular diseases. Lowering your blood pressure, by limiting your salt intake to a minimum can help out tremendously.
• Stress is one of the main factors for many medical conditions especially cardiovascular diseases. Managing your stress efficiently is important when it comes to preventing a heart disease. Doing activities such as getting enough sleep, relaxation exercises, mediation and yoga can help reduce your stress levels.