(Mirror Daily, United States) – Women worldwide are asked to Go Red on the first Friday of February. But why wear red on the 5th of February? Because awareness must be raised in terms of heart diseases that affect women. And because education and prevention could help a large number of women to live healthier and longer lives.
Annually, one in every three women is affected by cardiovascular disease. This translates into about 401,500 annual deaths related to women with cardiovascular disease. According to the doctors, almost 80 percent out of the total number of women cardiac events can be prevented. Still wondering why wear red on the 5th of February?
Cardiovascular diseases include strokes, heart diseases, heart attacks, elevated blood pressure and various other vascular disorders. Most of them, like heart attacks or strokes, are usually fatal, but they can be easily prevented.
February was named the month of cardiovascular diseases present in women and the initiative Go Red invites women everywhere to wear something red on the 5th of February. The campaign is meant to raise the awareness of women to health problems related to cardiovascular disorders that can be easily prevented.
Why wear red on the 5th of February? Because when another woman asks about your clothing choice you can familiarize her with the most important prevention factors that any woman should know and apply if she wants to live a longer, healthier life.
- Attend regular checkups, it is important that you monitor your health regularly.
- Always know the levels of your cholesterol and blood pressure.
- Exercise and diet are extremely important for women of any age and weight.
- Exercise for at least 30 minutes in a day. Moderate physical activity, like taking a long walk is good too.
- Eat food that is good for your heart like fish, whole-grain, vegetables and fruits (especially flavonoid-rich fruits like berries and citrus fruit).
- Quit smoking!
- Limit the intake of dietary cholesterol and saturated fats.
- Non-pregnant women should limit their drinking to one drink per day.
- Limit the intake of sodium, doctors recommend you do not exceed 1,500 mg of salt in a day.
- Take your prescribed medication exactly as the doctor recommended you to do.
The warning signs of a heart attack can differ greatly from person to person. This is why it is crucial that everybody knows what the symptoms are. A heart attack that is caught early can pose no danger of death and can be treated by doctors.
The warning sign are:
- A sensation of fullness, uncomfortable pressure, pain or squeezing in the center area of the chest that lasts more than a couple of minutes.
- Pain spreading to the neck, arms and shoulders. It is not necessary for the pain to be intense. It could manifest as a tightness, pressure, heavy weight or pressure. The location of the pain also varies from the chest, neck, upper abdomen, jaw, inside the arms and the shoulders.
- A sensation of chest discomfort linked to nausea, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, sweating and fainting.
- Sweaty and/or cold skin, nervousness and anxiety.
- Pallor and paleness
- Irregular or increased heart rate
- A gut feeling of something deeply wrong
Why wear red on the 5th of February? Because all of the signs described above can be prevented with the measures that are also described in the article. Women should be aware of the dangers of cardiovascular diseases and how to prevent them from developing.
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