Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer for women in the US, Hawaii and Maui? Heart disease causes 1 in 3 deaths each year and exceeds the next four causes combined. As I heard the statistics for women’s heart disease and the stories of survivors at today’s Go Red luncheon, I felt touched and compelled to take better care of my own health. Since moving to Maui, I haven’t watched my diet, my exercise has decreased substantially, I’m 30 lbs heavier and I’ve experienced many of the top high stress life events, some more than once. I also haven’t done preventive medical tests in over a year.
In many cases, heart disease can be prevented. I’m heeding the American Heart Association’s message and making needed changes today. Here’s how we can all take charge and Go Red per Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association…
- Take charge of your own health. Visit your doctor know your numbers. Learn more at GoRedforWomen about you can improve your blood pressure, cholesterol and other numbers by making lifestyle changes. You’ll not only improve your health but you’ll feel better too.
- Join the American Heart Association in making it your mission to fight heart disease in women. Help spread the word and share what you learn with your community. Tell 5 women you want them to live and share this post.
- Consider making a contribution to the American Heart Association to fund local and national Go Red activities that support awareness, research, education and community programs that benefit women.
Did you know nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue and back pain can also be warning signs of a heart attack or heart disease? I urge you to visit this link and familiarize yourself with the warning signs of a heart attack, stroke or cardiac arrest. By knowing these signs, you are more likely to act fast when time is of the essence.
Watch this funny video starring and directed by Elizabeth Banks, which demonstrates how busy women often ignore the signs leading up to a heart attack.
Hands only CPR can save someone’s life. Two steps if someone you love is having a heart attack. First, call 911. Second, push hard and fast with your hands on their chest. For more info, click here or add a Hands Only CPR app to your mobile phone.
This video will make you laugh but it’s main intent is to make sure we don’t forget step 1 and 2 in the heat of the moment.
It’s just a little heart attack video link is via the OfficialGoRed4Women YouTube channel.
The Hands Only CPR video link is via the American Heart Association YouTube channel.