As the No. 1 killer of women -- claiming the lives of one in three women -- cardiovascular diseases force us to consider that a woman we know and love may be affected at any age. In fact, today heart disease claims more lives than all forms of cancer combined.
There is good news: heart disease and stroke may be prevented by understanding your family health history, knowing your numbers and making simple lifestyle changes.
Learn Your Family History.
You can control some risk factors such as blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol and lack of regular physical activity. You can’t control factors such as age, gender and family history.
Know Your Numbers and Act.
The five critical health numbers all women should know are:
- Total cholesterol
- HDL cholesterol
- Blood pressure
- Blood sugar
- Body mass index (BMI)
Now is the time for women to take control of their health by Learning their Family History and Knowing their Numbers. Beating heart disease and stroke means more time for women to be change makers, business leaders and innovators, and more time to be moms, sisters, partners and friends. Beating cardiovascular diseases means more time to be here and be you.
When you support Go Red For Women by advocating, fundraising and sharing your story, more lives are saved. Every dollar raised helps fund lifesaving research and awareness that adds more time to women’s lives. California Family Fitness is a proud local media sponsor of Go Red For Women.
About Go Red For Women
Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association's national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. Go Red For Women advocates for more research and swifter action for women's heart health. The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement is nationally sponsored by Macy's and CVS Health, with additional support from our cause supporters. For more information, please visit www.GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278).