I remember paying close attention to the news when Carrie Fisher suffered a medical emergency while on a flight from London to Los Angeles on Friday, December 23. I, like others my age, was alarmed that she died at 60 years old after suffering a heart attack, three days later. The shock continued when Carrie’s mother, actress Debbie Reynolds’s, life expired too. My question is, did Debbie Reynolds die from broken heart syndrome? It sounds like there is truth to hearts actually can break. Continue reading
February is American Heart Month. In honor of this, please allow me to introduce you to my latest lady in red: Merrill Janszen-Kramp. I met Merrill on social media, specifically Instagram, where I observed Merrill’s beauty from afar. I couldn’t help but notice her bio, which said she is a two-time stroke survivor.
According to the American Heart Association, heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women every year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds.
Fortunately, we have the power to change that statistic with healthy lifestyle changes. How? Prevention is key. Be educated and aware. Please keep reading and allow Merrill’s story to motivate you to include a healthy diet and exercise in your lifestyle.
Today’s post is not about the most wonderful time of the year. It’s actually a little bit ho-hum! Did you know that holiday heart attacks are more deadly in the colder months, beginning in December?
The American Heart Association (not surprisingly) has chosen February as Heart Heath month. Perhaps, it’s easier to have a heart to heart chat about health with Valentine’s Day and all of its trappings.
February is American Heart Month to bring awareness to the disease that causes one in three deaths each year. In honor of this, I am going to introduce a new series on the blog, Lady in Red, focusing on women’s heart heath. Meet Nina Forrest, an artisan jeweler living in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her husband. Unfortunately, she suffered a heart attack a few years ago and will share her story with us today.
I am always looking for another opportunity to draw attention to matters of the heart especially as it pertains to women’s heart health. I found the perfect occasion, Tuesday, September 29 is World Heart Day.
The World Heart Federation Day is part of an international campaign to spread awareness about heart disease and stroke prevention. World Heart Day was founded in 2000 to inform people around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading causes of death, claiming 17.3 million lives each year.
I’d like to believe women of a certain age are well red (pun intended) about heart disease.
Hats off to the American Heart Association for their Go Red for Women national campaign to help educate women about heart disease. The number one killer of women causing 1 in 3 deaths each year.
The first Friday in February is the special day designated to bring attention and awareness to heart disease in women by wearing red. With over a decade of success, the American Heart Association’s research and education to healthy lifestyle changes, the AHA is proud that:
The death of a local woman in my town–who was relatively young at 53 years old–prompted me to revisit the topic of women’s heart health. This woman’s death (apparently of a heart attack) begs me to remind you that heart disease is not something that strikes older Caucasian men. We all should take this matter seriously.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States, yet African-American women are disproportionately affected, leading the death rate regardless of age. Importantly, African American women are less likely than Caucasian women to be aware that heart disease is the leading cause of death.
The staggering statistics for African American women and heart disease:
- Cardiovascular disease kills nearly 500,000 African-American women annually.
- Of African-American women ages 20 and older, 49 per cent have heart disease
- Only 1 in 5 African-American women believes she is personally at risk
- Only 52 per cent of African-American women are aware of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.
- Only 36 percent of African-American women know that heart disease is their greatest health risk.
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Join me on February 7, 2014 as our nation celebrates National Wear Red Day to raise awareness in the fight against heart disease in women. My first health awareness post focused on women’s heart health. Because of the staggering statistics that affect women, it is worth re-visiting the importance of taking charge of your heart, to be reminded that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined. Let’s get to the heart of the matter with women’s heart disease.
About Go Red
In 2004, the American Heart Association (AHA) faced a challenge. Cardiovascular disease claimed the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year, yet women were not paying attention. In fact, many even dismissed it as an older man’s disease. To dispel the myths and raise awareness of heart disease as the number one killer of women, the American Heart Association created Go Red for Women, a passionate, emotional social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their health.
What is the goal of Go Red For Women?
Go Red for Women encourages awareness of the issue of women and heart disease, and also action to save more lives. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power women to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. The Go Red campaign challenges women to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives us the tools we need to lead a heart healthy life.
It’s cold outside but you already knew that! Since learning of the new buzzword polar vortex earlier this month, it’s brought record bone chilling below freezing temperatures, bitter cold, icy conditions and treacherous winds, am I right? Is that what you are seeing and feeling where you live? This morning when I left for work it was only six degrees outside, really, six degrees. Now I understand why bears hibernate every winter, they must know something!
Cold weather can have a chilling effect on health, please note the following.