Spreading the word about heart disease

Would you believe that there are more women who do not know their risk of heart disease than women who do? Recent data shows that not quite 50% of women understand their risk. Pair that number with another shocker—that about 80% of heart events are preventable—and you might start feeling as we do, that the need to spread the word about heart health is urgent. The Go Red For Women movement works hard to make that happen, but it needs you.

Go Red For Women asks you to help fight heart disease in women by raising awareness of this deadly epidemic and making a personal commitment to becoming more heart healthy. By working together with other women who share your energy, passion and power, you can make a difference.

Maybe you can take part by joining us for American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Luncheon (February 17). The luncheon offers free screenings, heart health information and insight from doctors, nurses and keynote speakers. The goal of the luncheon is to unite women who are enthusiastic about raising awareness of heart disease and making heart-healthy changes in their lives.

Or start by making a commitment to be more heart healthy in your life. The American Heart Association makes this easy with Life’s Simple 7, which you can read about here. You can also show your support for fighting heart disease in women with the Go Red For Women Bracelet, designed by Jill Duzan. This sterling silver bracelet with a Ruby and Citrine drop is a subtle but significant reminder of the importance of your heart and the Go Red For Women movement. Learn more and get yours at JillDuzan.com.

But perhaps the most important thing you can do to fight heart disease in women is spread the word. Tell your family and friends how important it is to raise awareness of the No. 1 killer of women in America. Encourage everyone you know to Go Red For Women.

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