During American Heart Month, February, Western Missouri Medical Center encourages area residents to show their heart some love and learn their risks of heart disease. Volunteers with the organization say their ultimate goal is to let people know about the silent killer.
Heart Disease is no laughing matter, especially for women of today.
First, I would like to dispel a few common misconceptions about heart disease in women.
You go for runs, limit your donut consumption, and have never smoked a cigarette. Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. Lunch will feature guest speaker Sara Parcell, a West Virginian who was named a national Go Red "Real Women" ambassador for 2018. For more heart and stroke statistics, visit the American Heart Association's Heart and Stroke Statistics page.
Friday, February 2 is National Wear Red Day, a day recognizing cardiovascular disease in the United States. For younger women, the combination of birth control pills and smoking can increase your risk by 20 percent.
More information about heart disease will be available in all Sussex County libraries during the month of February. In addition to spreading awareness, National Wear Red day is a means of raising funds for AHA.
"Heart Smart For Women provides a practical step-by-step program to help women of all ages put the research and physician's guidance into action", Mieres said. However, the disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. This is because historically, the focus of heart disease has largely been on men.