On February 1, 2018, I introduced a Senate Resolution that will proclaim February 2018 American Heart Month and February 2, 2018 as Go Red for Women Day in the state of Michigan, in recognition of the importance of the ongoing fight against heart disease and stroke.
Every year, the Michigan Senate and the American Heart Association team up to raise awareness and educate the public, especially women, about how to recognize warning signs of a heart attack. The Go Red for Women movement motivates women to learn about their family history and to meet with a healthcare provider to determine their risk for cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Cardiovascular diseases are the number one killer of women in the United States, yet 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented. Approximately 44 million women in the U.S. are affected by cardiovascular diseases, and 90 percent of women have at least one risk factor for heart disease. Risk factors such a blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol, and lack of regular physical activity can all easily be controlled.
The good news is that we can take steps to live healthier lives and reduce our risks. Asking your doctor to check for signs of heart disease, adopting a healthy lifestyle, and telling others about heart disease can save lives.
Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s movement to educate women about heart health. For more information, visit https://www.goredforwomen.org/.