National Wear Red Day is dedicated to raising awareness about the issue of heart disease in women . Men and women alike dramatically underestimate the risk of heart disease women face, which can lead women to make uninformed decisions about their health or fail to seek fast treatment when they are experiencing the signs of a heart attack. In 2018, National Wear Red Day falls on February 2. Here are a few reasons you should take part.
1 in 3 women die of heart disease or stroke
Heart disease is often thought of as a man’s problem but is not the case. National Wear Red Day helps to spread the word that women are just as likely to experience heart disease as men.
A woman dies of heart disease or stroke every 80 seconds. By recognizing this risk, women can be proactive about taking control of their heart health, such as by learning the five numbers that have an immediate impact on their risk of heart disease:
- Total cholesterol
- HDL cholesterol (also called good cholesterol)
- Blood pressure
- Blood sugar
Women delay treatment for heart attack symptoms
Because women underestimate their risk of having heart disease, they often ignore the signs of a heart attack. Any delay in cardiac care during a heart attack can be deadly. In some cases, physicians can also be slower in treating heart attacks in women because they attribute the symptoms to something else.
Women also tend to experience heart attacks differently than men. They may have symptoms they don’t immediately attribute to a heart attack, such as:
Heart disease is preventable
Doctors estimate that 80% of cardiac incidents and strokes could be prevented with awareness and actions to reduce risk factors. National Wear Red Day reminds women and their loved ones of the importance of knowing their risk factors for heart disease and taking the appropriate steps to control them.
Good Samaritan Hospital offers comprehensive cardiac care services, from our emergency room, which is a designated STEMI receiving center, to our inpatient Cardiac and Vascular Institute . For more information about our cardiac care services or a referral to a cardiologist, call (888) 724-2362.