Women and Heart Disease: Know Your Risk, Take the CheckUp

Each year, thousands of women in the Chicago area lose their lives to heart disease and stroke—women’s number one and number three killers, respectively.

Together, these diseases claim the lives of approximately 500,000 American women each year—more than the next six causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer. Yet only 55 percent of women view heart disease as their greatest personal health risk. Lack of awareness is the greatest obstacle to battling this killer.

With its Go Red For Women movement, the American Heart Association is tackling these statistics by challenging one million women to stop heart disease by knowing their risk.

Through the Go Red Heart CheckUp, an interactive online assessment of heart health, women (and the men in their lives) can calculate their risk of having a heart attack or cardiovascular disease in the next ten years, and make changes to reduce their risk.

To take the CheckUp, log onto to www.GoRedForWomen.org and click on the Go Red Heart CheckUp icon. You will be asked to enter basic information regarding height, weight, waist size, lifestyle, cholesterol and blood pressure.

If you do not know your cholesterol or blood glucose level, the Go Red Heart CheckUp will provide valuable information and questions for you to ask your healthcare providers.Once you have your numbers, you can complete the online CheckUp and have your risk assessed.

Join the Go Red For Women movement at www.GoRedForWomen.org, and join us for the Red Dress Collection 2015 as we raise awareness for heart disease and stroke!.

About the Author

Shaun Wiley is the communications director for the American Heart Association Midwest Affiliate.

Image Credit: HipMamasPlace.com

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