Mena Regional Health System recently participated in the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement, which advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health.
Heart disease is the number one killer of women, causing one in three deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute. But, it doesn’t affect all women alike and the warning signs for women aren’t the same in men. There are several misconceptions about heart disease in women and they could be putting you at risk. MRHS encourages women to be proactive about their heart health by living a healthy lifestyle, knowing personal risk factors, and sharing concerns or symptoms with a primary care provider.
American Heart Month, a federally designated event, is an ideal time to remind Americans to focus on their hearts and encourage them to get their families, friends, and communities involved.
The biggest part of living healthy comes down to simply making healthy choices. While you can’t change things like age and family history, the good news is that even modest changes to your diet and lifestyle can improve your heart health and lower your risk by as much as 80%.