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“This Friday, Feb. 5th, wear red to bring attention to the leading cause of death for women: heart disease and stroke.”

“GO RED Day for Women”

February 3, 2016 - The American Heart Association (AHA) reports that heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for women in the U.S. More women than men die of heart disease, but many women are unaware of the danger they’re in. The AHA created the “Go Red for Women” campaign to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke among women.

As February is Heart Health Month, this Friday, Feb. 5th, help us turn Bingham Memorial Hospital and eastern Idaho RED. Show your commitment to saving women’s lives by wearing something red, like a dress, tie, jacket, scarf, hat, blouse, shirt, or even a flower.

Heart disease refers to several types of diseases of the heart, blood, arteries, and veins. Having heart disease can often result in heart failure, heart attack, stroke, or peripheral artery disease. The risks for developing heart disease range from age, gender, family history, diet, blood pressure, level of cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, and stress.

“It doesn’t take much to improve your heart health,” says B. Shields Stutts, MD, a board-certified cardiologist at BMH. “In fact, heart disease is about 80 percent preventable when you make the right choices.” By making small improvements to your health, you will make a big difference. Start with one or two.

Get Your Numbers: Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose. Keeping your blood pressure within the healthy range of the 130s/80s reduces the strain on your heart, arteries, and kidneys, keeping you healthier longer. By controlling your cholesterol, you are giving your arteries their best chance to remain clear of plaque blockages. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose (blood sugar) that our bodies use for energy. Over time, high levels of blood sugar can damage your heart, kidneys, eyes, and nerves.

Own Your Lifestyle: Stop smoking, lose weight, be physically active, and eat healthy. By quitting smoking, you’ll reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. When you lose weight, you’ll reduce the burden on your heart, lungs, blood vessels and skeleton. A healthy diet is one of your best weapons for fighting cardiovascular disease.

Raise Your Voice: Advocate for more women-related research and education.

Educate Your Family: Make healthy food choices for you & your family. Teach your kids the importance of staying active.

Donate: Show your support with a donation of time or money.

Check Your Heart

With almost 40 years of experience, B. Shields Stutts, MD, is one of the most experienced heart doctors in the region. To schedule an appointment, please call his office in Blackfoot at (208) 785-3897 or in Idaho Falls at (208) 535-3626.