WIKY Wants You To Know February 2013
WIKY, The American Heart Association, Paul's Pharmacy, and The Heart Group are teaming up to increase awareness of Heart Disease in Women in the Tri- State!
All month long, WIKY and WIKY.COM will feature information about Women's Heart Health and ideas on how you can improve your heart health. Come back to this page all month for new info.
Choose to Reduce Your Risk
Heart disease is still our No. 1 killer – it affects more women than men and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. But the strength of mothers, sisters, daughters and friends fighting side by side is more powerful than any killer. It’s time to shout louder, stand stronger and demand change.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
- February is American Heart Month
- Heart Disease is the Number 1 killer of Americans 20 and older
WHO DOES THIS IMPACT?
- 1 in 3 Americans has heart disease
- 18,000 Hoosiers die every year from cardiovascular diseases
WHY JOIN THE FIGHT?
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women – mothers, sisters, daughters, friends – and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.
- Heart disease causes one in three women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.
- An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease.
- Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
- 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.
- While one in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, heart disease causes one in three deaths each year.
- Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, yet only one in five American women believe that heart dis- ease is her greatest health threat.
- Women comprise only 24 percent of participants in all heart-related studies.
- Women are less likely to call 9-1-1 for themselves when experiencing symptoms of a heart attack than they are for someone else.
WHAT TO DO!
Start by reading and sharing the Live Healthy page on the Go Red For Women site. It's a quick and simple way to encourage others to make heart-healthy choices.
The American Heart Association has identified seven key factors to ideal heart health. Get your personalized heart score and learn how to improve your heart health at www.mylifecheck.org