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 Fri., Feb. 3, 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. This is a symbol of your support for women’s heart health.
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. 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 family 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
For the month of Feb., stop in to a participating Bingham Memorial Family Medicine clinic to receive a wellness exam that includes a blood panel screening (cholesterol, triglycerides, and glucose), blood pressure check, body mass index (BMI), and a personal review with a provider at the reduced cost of $20 cash. For available appointments, call either office:
315 W. Idaho Str.
98 Poplar Str., 2nd Floor
“This Fri., Feb. 3, wear red to show your support for women’s heart health.”