American Heart Month: Kick off with Go Red for Women Feb. 7

Feb 03, 2020
Amanda Gurney, RN, has decorated the walls of the primary care office at Waldo County General Hospital to inspire her colleagues to participate in Go Red for Women Day Friday, Feb. 7.

Increasing heart health awareness, especially among women, is the goal of the annual Go Red for Women kick-off to be held at Waldo County General Hospital and Pen Bay Medical Center Friday, Feb. 7. Staff are encouraged to wear red that day, and the hospitals invite patients and visitors to wear red, too.

The American Heart Association’s signature women’s initiative, Go Red for Women is designed to increase women’s heart health awareness and serve as a catalyst for women to take charge of their own heart health as well as the health of those they cannot bear to live without.

Cardiovascular diseases continue to be a woman’s greatest health threat, according to American Heart Association. Nearly 80% of cardiac events can be prevented.

“The first line of defense is starting with the primary care provider and having a discussion with them about your symptoms and also about the risks,” said Lynette J. Weeman, DO, a specialist in cardiovascular disease with Maine Medical Partners.

“One of the issues is that women often ignore their problems, perhaps longer than men. I think that if there are symptoms that are concerning, even if they sound like they might be a bit different, it’s really important to share those with your primary care provider and let them help you understand if it’s something to be concerned about.”

Risk factors for cardiovascular disease include high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol, inactivity, obesity and diabetes. You can control or treat these risk factors with lifestyle changes and with your health care provider's help.

Modest changes to diet and lifestyle can improve heart health and lower risk for heart disease. Start with a commitment to your health today and dress red on Friday, Feb. 7!


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