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: National Wear Red Day Urges Women to “Know their Power”

National Wear Red Day Urges Women to “Know their Power”

Managing Editor

Tomorrow is National Wear Red Day®, so break out your little red dress (or sweater because, you know, it's February and a good portion of the country is either buried under snow or is gearing up for the next snow storm).

I've been writing about heart health for many years. One of my first jobs as a health editor was for a newsletter that covered cardiovascular health. When my sister suffered a stroke in her 40s in 2008, and just over a year later my father died of a heart attack, my interest in heart health grew to a dedication and commitment to providing high-quality education and information about heart disease.

The numbers remain sobering. One in three women dies of heart disease and stroke each year despite the fact that 80 percent of these deaths are preventable.

Heart Month 2016

With that said, a great deal of progress has been made since the first National Wear Red Day in 2003. According to the American Heart Association, "today, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day" and "death in women has decreased by more than 30 percent over the past 10 years."

Much of this progress can be attributed programs dedicated to decreasing cardiovascular disease risk factors among high-risk women.

I'd like to use this blog post to talk about one program in particular: The WISEWOMAN (Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for WOMen Across the Nation) program. WISEWOMAN includes 21 programs funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 19 states and two tribal organizations. These programs provide "screening for heart disease and stroke risk factors and lifestyle programs for low-income, uninsured, or under-insured women aged 40 to 64 years."

WISEWOMAN helps shed light on the fact that nearly two-third or women who die suddenly from coronary heart disease experience no symptoms. It is important for women to remember that even if they have no symptoms, they could still be at risk for heart disease.

The program also works with community-based organizations to provide evidence-based prevention services to women in need by providing lifestyle coaching and has agreements with organizations or groups such as the YMCA and Weight Watchers that help women maintain a healthy lifestyle. WISEWOMAN also aims to help women improve management of hypertension by teaching them how to self-monitor their blood pressure.

WISEWOMAN is just one of many programs around the country working to address the critical issue of heart disease in women. Stand with us tomorrow for Wear Red Day and help us and programs like WISEWOMAN make a sustainable difference.

 

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