February is Heart Month, as presented by the American Heart Association, to bring awareness for heart disease. One day out of the month, they have a day to go red for women and raise awareness about the number of women who suffer from heart disease and stroke.

Go Red for Women and Raise Awareness

We all have at least one woman in our life that means a lot to us. Whether it be your mom, wife, sister, cousin, daughter, aunt, or your best friend, women need to be made aware of the real threat of heart disease.

Women tend to think that heart disease and heart attacks do not affect them like they do men. It’s a common notion that men should eat healthily and visit their doctor more often since they fall victim to these health issues more often.

However, women are just as likely as men to have heart disease and strokes. Every 1 in 3 women dies from heart disease or stroke, meaning every 80 seconds a woman dies from one of these illnesses.

One researcher, Noel Bairey Merz, conducted 15 years worth of studies and found that since 1984, 4 times as many women died from heart disease compared to men.

She noted that heart disease research had mostly been done on men, which is why it has commonly been known as a “man’s disease.” Women’s heart disease research is 35 years behind men’s heart disease research.

Additionally, women’s symptoms of heart disease and heart attacks vary from woman to woman, whereas with men they’re typically the same. As a result, women tend to get overlooked and misdiagnosed, which causes more deaths than necessary.

The American Heart Association promotes Go Red for Women because, with more education and research, the number of women who suffer from heart disease and strokes will diminish.

The AHA believes that up to 80% of heart disease and strokes can be prevented.

You can Go Red for Women and raise awareness for the women in your life! Talking to the women who surround you about how to prevent heart disease and stroke can help reduce the deaths caused by them.