This Friday when you pick out what you're going to wear, consider going red. February 3 is the American Heart Association's Go Red Day. It is designed to raise women's awareness of their risk for heart disease, help them learn about it, and take action to reduce their personal risk. It's now the number one killer of women.
"More so than ever are we seeing more females who present with heart disease it is the number one killer for ladies in the United States."
Women are now surpassing men in cardiovascular, or heart, disease and in mortality rates. According to the American Heart Association, one in three females has some form of cardiovascular disease.
"Women need to look at yourself for heart disease. Not just your husbands and your fathers."
The symptoms women experience for heart disease are different than what men have.
"A lot of times they will be short of breath walking to the mailbox they'll become more tired and short of breath. A lot of times they will have discomfort in their shoulder blades or they might have pain in their neck or jaw."
Family history is a major contributor to heart disease. So is high blood pressure. Exercising is one of the best ways to help fight heart disease because it can help lower your cholesterol, another detriment to your health. If you smoke, you are not only at risk for many cancers; you are also more at risk of getting heart disease.
"Well you know, in this day and age compared to 10-15 years ago, there are so many things now that we can do to stop smoking. And stopping smoking is the biggest thing we can do for ourselves."
Most importantly women should listen to their bodies and if they think something is not right they should have it checked out.