By Joycelyne Fadojutimi
Despite increased awareness and education about heart disease, the Center for Disease Controls says, “only about half (56%) of women recognize that heart disease is their number one killer.”
Hence, heart disease, not cancer remains the leading cause of death for women in United States.
American Heart Association (AHA) Go Red for Women concurs with CDC that cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year or about one woman every minute.
Heart disease does not discriminate and knows no racial boundaries. It is the leading cause of death for African American and Caucasian women in United States. However, it seems to have a penchant and racial bias for Hispanic women who are more likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than non-Hispanics.
Risk factors for heart disease include:
- High blood pressure
- High LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol
- Being overweight or obese
- Eating an unhealthy diet
- Physical inactivity
- Drinking too much alcohol
According to AHA, 47% of Americans have one of these risk factors.
The American Heart Association is relentless in educating women and their families about heart disease. For this reason, they recently gathered for a Circle of Red Social at the Work Smart rooftop. Judge Tim Bryan was the guest speaker. “He shared his story of suffering a severe heart attack on his 49th birthday,” said Krista Sharp, American Heart Association Corporate Development Director for Tyler and Longview. “It was an awe-inspiring evening full of hope, community, and excitement for the Go Red for Women movement in Longview.”
The 2022 Go Red for Women Luncheon is scheduled for Friday, February 4th at The Summit Club. To learn more about Go Red volunteer opportunities, contact Krista Sharp at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-793-9402.