Heart Disease is the #1 Killer of Women

SGMC observes Heart Health Month

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Rebecca Adams, a Wear Red Representative says, "A lot of people don't realize that Heart Disease is the number one cause of death".

According to the American Heart Association, an estimated 43 million women in the United States are affected by heart disease. For example, 43.4 percent of non-Hispanic white women and 43.1 percent of Hispanic males have elevated cholesterol levels of 200 or higher; 46.3 percent of non-Hispanic black women and 45 percent of non-Hispanic black men have high blood pressure.

The campaign works to bring awareness of heart disease and congenital heart defects.

Melissa Youngblood, Union County Spokeswoman for the the 2017-2018 Go Red for Women Campaign, will speak about the "Paint the Town Red Project" in Union and being a heart attack survivor.

Go Red For Women is nationally sponsored by Macy's and CVS Health, and locally sponsored by Nascentia Health, First Source Federal Credit Union, Luncheon Presenting sponsor Rome Memorial Hospital, Hazen B. Hinman Sr. The American Heart Association hopes you'll participate in the 14 annual Go Red For Women movement to help save women's lives. Heart-health information and giveaways will be available.

Just a reminder that Friday, Feb 2, is National Wear Red Day! Their goal is to encourage women and their families to take action and live a healthier lifestyle.

"One test (women are) getting is an angiogram, but their blood vessels are so small that the angiogram is not sensitive enough to detect a problem", said Cheryl Moser, the Foundation's spokeswoman for Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.

Myth 2: Heart disease only impacts older people Heart disease affects women of all ages. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) About Heart Disease page includes a list of conditions and their descriptions.

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