Just thought I would put this out there. I am doing a Red Day at my clinic
On Feb 5th. I usually do free screenings at the Institute on the Sat after.
There is more info probably thru your local American Heart Chapter.
Here's a fact sheet I put together to hand out that day:
FEBRUARY 5,2009 WEAR RED FOR WOMEN AWARENESS
CDC SUPPORTS NATIONAL WEAR RED FOR WOMEN DAY
Just a few facts to ponder:
42% if WOMEN who have heart attacks die within a year
Compared to 24% MEN
Under the age of 50, women's heart attacks are twice as likely as men's
to be FATAL.
Nearly 2/3 of the deaths from heart attacks in women occur among
those who have no history of chest pain.
Women who smoke risk having a heart attack 19 years earlier than
that of non-smokers.
23% of White,38% of Black,36% of Mexican American women
Obesity leads to an increased risk of premature death due to
cardiovascular problems like hypertension,stroke and
coronary artery disease.
Marital stress worsens the prognosis in women with heart disease.
COMPARED TO MEN:
Men's plaque distributes in clumps whereas, women's distributes evenly
throughout artery walls. This results in women's angiographic studies being misinterpreted as "normal".
Women wait longer to go to an emergency room when having a heart
attack and physicians are slower to recognize the presence of heart attacks in women
because "characteristic" patterns and EKG changes are less frequently present.
Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease.
And the gap between men and women's survival continues to widen.
Women's hearts respond better to healthy lifestyle changes.
Women comprise of only 24% of participants in all heart-related studies.
High Blood Pressure
www.womensheart.org www.sdheartwalk.org www.cdc.gov/wisewoman
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