I have once again partnered with my fellow female senators to raise awareness about the dangers of heart disease, especially for women, and what we can do to prevent it.
February is recognized nationwide as American Heart Month. Heart disease is the number 1 killer of women in the U.S., taking one woman every 80 seconds. Heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women, yet 80% of cardiac events may be prevented. Forty-four million women in the U.S. are affected by cardiovascular disease and 90% of women have one or more risk factors of developing heart disease.
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 healthy behaviors, advocating for more women-focused research and education, 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 GoRedForWomen.org.