National Red Day – The Facts

Delmar Harrod
Published on February 1, 2018

National Red Day – The Facts

NATIONAL RED DAY – THE FACTS

Ask any stylist, job coach or dating expert and they’ll tell you that RED stands out. Eyes are immediately drawn to it. Some even say the color RED is a confidence booster and makes you feel powerful. Maybe that’s why the color RED was chosen. Or maybe it’s just a coincidence that RED it’s also The Color of Our Hearts.

In 2003, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute took action against a disease that was claiming the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year – a disease that women weren’t paying attention to. A disease they truly believed, and many still believe to this day, affects more men than women.

Stemming from that action, National Wear Red Day was Born. It’s held on the 1st Friday in February every year to raise awareness about heart disease being the No. 1 Killer in Women causing 1 of 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately 1 woman every minute!

The Woman Heart Foundation Gave the Following Facts:

Occurrence:

  • Worldwide, 8.6 million women die from heart disease each year, accounting for 1/3 of deaths in women.
  • 3 million women die from stroke each year.
  • Stroke accounts for more deaths among women than men (11% vs 8.4%).
  • 42% of women who have heart attacks die within 1 year, compared to 24% of men.
  • Under age 50, women’s heart attacks are twice as likely as men’s to be fatal.
  • Heart attacks kill 6 times as many women as breast cancer.

At-Risk:

  • 71% of women experience early warning signs of heart attack with sudden onset of extreme weakness that feels like the flu – often with no chest pain at all. Medical professionals are challenged to respond to women’s milder symptoms, acting with insufficient guidelines.
  • Women who smoke risk having a heart attack 19 years earlier than non-smoking women.
  • Women with diabetes have more than double the risk of heart attack than non- diabetic women.
  • 23% of white women, 38% of black women, and 36% Mexican American women are obese. Obesity leads to an increased risk of premature death due to cardiovascular problems like hypertension, stroke and CAD.
  • Heart disease for African American women is 72% higher than for white women, while African American women ages 55-64 are twice as likely as white women to have a heart attack and 35%.
  • Marital stress worsens the prognosis in women with heart disease.

 Compared to Men:

  • 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 wait longer than men 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 of chest pain and EKG changes are less frequently present.
  • After heart attack, women are less likely than men to receive beta blockers, ACE inhibitors and aspirin – therapies known to improve survival. This contributes to a higher rate of complications after heart attacks in women, even after adjusting for age.
  • 38% of women and 25% of men will die within one year of a first recognized heart attack.
  • Women are twice as likely as men to die within the first few weeks after suffering a heart attack.
  • Women are 2 to 3 times as likely to die following heart bypass surgery. Younger aged women between the ages of 40-59 are up to 4 times more likely to die from heart bypass surgery than men the same age.
  • Studies show women who are eligible candidates to receive life-saving clot-buster drugs are far less likely than men to receive them.
  • Women receive fewer heart disease procedures than men, however, more is not necessarily better in this setting and the best course of treatment for a woman with heart disease has yet to be established.
  • Women’s hearts respond better than men’s to healthy lifestyle changes, yet only 2 percent of the NIH budget is dedicated to prevention.
  • Women comprise of only 24% of participants in all heart-related studies.

Current Situation:

  • Nearly 90% of women have made at least one healthy behavior change.
  • More than one-third of women has lost weight.
  • More than 50% of women have increased their exercise.
  • 6 out of 10 women have changed their diets.
  • More than 40% of women have checked their cholesterol levels.
  • One third of women has talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans.
  • Today, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day.
  • Death in women has decreased by more than 30 percent over the past 10 years.

Remember to Wear Red this Friday February 2, 2018 and every first Friday in February from now on.

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