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Go Red Day – Friday, February 3

Did you know? Each day the average heart beats (expands and contracts) 100,000 times and pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood. What is Go Red For Women? Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s national call to increase awareness of heart disease – the leading cause of death for women – and to inspire women to take charge of their heart health. Women who understand their risks of heart disease, and know the steps to prevent it, are better equipped to avert this serious and mostly preventable threat to their health. Throughout the month of February, I’ll be sending you short posts about improving heart health. February 3 kicks off the Go Red for Women Campaign described below: Topeka (February 3, 2006) — Thousands of Americans will help women fight heart disease when they participate in the third year of the Go Red For Women initiative during February. Go Red For Women began in February 2004 to raise awareness that heart disease is the Number 1 killer of women. According to an American Heart Association survey, only 13 percent of women consider cardiovascular disease their greatest risk. Cardiovascular disease causes about a death a minute among females. In 2003, 55% of all CVD deaths in Kansas were in women, compared to 53 % of all CVD deaths in women nationally.

The presence of certain risk factors increases a woman’s chance of developing cardiovascular disease. In Kansas in 2004:

The campaign provides women tips and information on healthy eating, exercise, and risk factor reduction, such as smoking cessation, weight management, blood pressure control and blood cholesterol management.

Activities across Kansas and the country include:

Get some good resources by visiting these web sites:

http://www.goredforwomen.org/

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/hearttruth/index.htm