SALT LAKE CITY — Cardiovascular disease is the Number 1 killer of women. It claims more women's lives than all forms of cancer combined.
It's not just a problem for "older"women. Heart disease and stroke can affect a woman at any age. In fact, new research shows heart attacks are on the rise in younger women. That's why it's important for all women to take charge of their heart health and encourage others to do the same.
Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association's movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. Friday, February 7 is Go Red for Women Day, where men and women alike are encouraged to wear red to get the word out about heart disease.
Awareness is critical! At age 20, women should be screed for cardiovascular disease. You should also "know your numbers" - the five personal health numbers that help determine risk for heart disease are total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index.
Even modest changes to diet and lifestyle can lower your risk for cardiovascular disease. Women are encouraged to track their physical activity, diet and blood pressure.
You can find more information at goredforwomen.org