By Martine Wolfe-Miller, Mount Pleasant Communications Manager
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (February 3, 2017) –
Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page, today proclaimed Friday, February 3 to be National Wear Red Day to recognize the importance of the ongoing fight against heart disease and stroke, and to urge all residents to show their support for women in the fight against heart disease by wearing red.
“Know your numbers,” she said. “Go Red and live healthier lives by knowing your total cholesterol, your HDL (good) cholesterol, your blood pressure, blood sugar and Body Mass Index numbers. They can save your life.”
She offered the below cardiovascular facts:
• The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement motivates women to learn their family history and to meet with a healthcare provider to determine their risk for cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
• Cardiovascular diseases kill one in three women in the U.S., yet eighty percent of cardiovascular diseases may be prevented.
• Cardiovascular diseases and stroke kill one woman every 80 seconds in the U.S.
• An estimated 44 million women in the U.S. are affected by cardiovascular diseases.
• Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heard disease or stroke.
• Women are less likely to call 911 for themselves when experiencing symptoms of a heart attack than they are if someone else were having a heart attack.
• Only 36% of African American women and 34% of Hispanic women know that heart disease is their greatest health risk, compared with 65% of Caucasian women.
For more information about cardiovascular prevention, visit the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women at https://www.goredforwomen.org