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"We all have the desire to be healthy. Health is our right. Maintaining that health by paying attention to our mind, body and spirit must continue to be our goal." Ruth C. Browne, M.P.H.
Wear It Well: Women and Heart Disease Prevention
Wear red in February for American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day (the first Friday in February) to help raise awareness about heart disease, but don''t stop there. Take a few more steps for wellness, and lower your risk for heart disease.
Calculate Your Risk
Below is a quick quiz to find out your risk for a heart attack. If you don’t know some of the answers, check with your health care provider.
Do you smoke?
Is your blood pressure 140/90 or higher, OR have you been told by your doctor that your blood pressure is too high?
Has your doctor told you that your total cholesterol level is 200 mg/dL or higher OR that your HDL (good cholesterol) is less than 40 mg/dL?
Has your father or brother had a heart attack before age 55, OR has your mother or sister had one before age 65?
Do you have diabetes OR a fasting blood sugar of 126 mg/dL or higher, OR do you need medicine to control your blood sugar?
Are you over 55 years old?
Do you have a body mass index (BMI) score of 25 or more?
Do you get less than a total of 30 minutes of physical activity on most days?
Has a doctor told you that you have angina (chest pains), OR have you had a heart attack?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you’re at an increased risk of having a heart attack.
Lower Your Risk for Heart Disease
Everyone can take steps to lower their risk for heart disease and heart attack. A healthy diet and lifestyle are the best weapons you have to fight heart disease. Many people make it harder than it is. It is important to remember that it is the overall pattern of the choices you make that counts.