When it comes to disease-fighting awareness, it’s easy to think of cancer prevention first, and all other diseases second. This is especially true for women and breast cancer. The color pink has become a nationwide hue to mark the entire mark of October, and rightfully so.
But something women don’t concern themselves with quite as much is heart health. This needs to change, for heart disease kills more women than all other cancers combined.
During our Heart & Diabetes Fair this past Saturday (click here for recap and photos), we stopped at the booth of Jodi Behyl, Go Red For Women Specialist with the American Heart Association. Her position makes her well aware of the pressing need for woman’s heart health awareness.
“Since 1979, heart disease has been on the decline for men, but has been on the incline for women,” Behyl said. “It’s gotten to the point where 1 in 3 women will die of heart disease.”
It’s a frustrating statistic because, in a lot of cases, heart disease is often preventable (unlike cancer). “There are steps women can take to protect themselves,” said Beyhl. “One thing we preach is Life’s Simple 7.”
Life’s Simple 7 is the AHA’s 7 steps to making your heart healthier. We’ll go over them in detail in future posts, but for now, here are those 7 steps:
- Get Active
- Control Cholesterol
- Eat Better
- Manage Blood Pressure
- Lose Weight
- Reduce Blood Sugar
- Stop Smoking
All throughout Heart Month, we’re giving away a free mini box of Frango Chocolates to anyone who gets a $79 Healthy Heart CT Scan in the month of February. It’s an important (and painless) scan, and it’s a great first step in your fight against heart disease.