Heart disease is a silent killer that takes the lives of nearly one million Americans annually, states The Heart Foundation. February is American Heart month, and campaigns by The Heart Foundation, American Heart Association, and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute are in full swing to raise awareness about cardiovascular and other heart related diseases.
After discovering that the lives of nearly 500,000 American women were claimed by cardiovascular disease in 2004, the American Heart Association founded the Go Red For Women movement to empower women to take charge of their heart health and dispel myths that heart disease and strokes were predominantly men's diseases. Historically, physicals for women focused on breast cancer and gynecological screenings while testing for heart disease was done on men. Nevertheless, the association maintains that heart death rates among women still outpace those in men, and there are disparities in the symptoms and cause of heart disease between the genders.
As vital influencers on the living habits of individuals, physicians lead the communication on health with their patients and can dramatically influence the prevention, care and treatment of women's heart health issues.
In an effort to provide health professionals with digestible and up-to-date information for their patients, and to inspire individuals to educate themselves on the disease, CrossCheck has accumulated the most recent facts and health tips on the signs, symptoms and prevention of heart disease. Share these recent facts and health tips to inspire patients, friends and colleagues to recognize the signs and actively work toward preventing heart disease.