The Henry and Stark County Health Departments, in conjunction with the American Heart Association, announce that Friday, February 3rd has been designated as National Wear Red Day. This important health observance is noted to help focus attention on women and heart disease.
RaeAnn Tucker, Director of Health Promotion with the Henry and Stark County Health Departments notes, "Women often do not take their risk of heart disease seriously or personally. However, Heart Disease is the number 1 killer of women, killing more than all forms of cancer combined. Many of these deaths can be prevented, but most women don't notice the symptoms until it's too late. That's why it's been called the silent killer. You can help increase awareness of women's heart health by wearing red, speaking up, and uniting with millions of women to help save lives across America."
The Health Department offers the following Heart Health facts:
* Heart disease is the number one killer of American women age 20 and over, killing approximately one woman every minute.
* One in every 3 women dies of heart disease. One in every 30 dies of breast cancer.
* 90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
* Americans can lower their risk of heart disease by as much as 82% by just leading a healthy life.
Risk factors are habits or conditions that increase the chance of developing a disease. Many of the risk factors for heart disease can be prevented or controlled. Having more than one risk factor is especially serious. Women should talk to a health professional about their individual risks and how to lower them.
Risk factors for heart disease include:
* Smoking * High Blood Pressure * Diabetes
* High Blood Cholesterol * Obesity * Physical Inactivity
* Age * Family history of heart disease
For more information on heart health and the services of the Henry and Stark County Health Departments call (309) 852-0197 (Henry) or 852-3115 (Stark) or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments and Follow Us on Twitter.