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Heart disease isn’t just a man’s disease. Heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases are devastating to women, too. In fact, coronary heart disease, which causes heart attack, is the leading cause of death for American women. Many women believe that cancer is more of a threat, but they’re wrong. Nearly twice as many women in the United States die of heart disease and stroke as from all forms of cancer, including breast cancer.

Go Red for Women

The American Heart Association, along with national sponsors Macy’s and Pfizer, are on a mission to change that with Go Red for Women — a movement that gives women the power to significantly reduce their risks of heart disease, and live a long and healthy life.

The Heart Institute of Venice has joined the movement by providing a Go Red Women’s Clinic that offers important information, tests and education to help women be heart healthy. Click here for information about the Go Red Women’s Clinic.

Risk Factors

The American Heart Association has identified several factors that increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. The more risk factors a woman has, the greater her risk of a heart attack or stroke. Some of these risk factors you can’t control, such as increasing age, family health history, and race and gender. But you can modify, treat or control most risk factors to lower your risk. Click here to see the risk factors you can control.

Take Charge of Your Body

Be your own best friend. Take charge of your body and your life. Lifestyle changes you make for a healthier heart will also benefit your overall health and well-being.

Remember to include your doctor in the fight against heart disease and stroke. Know the right questions to ask, and a physician can become your most valuable resource.

Look into your heart. See what changes you can make now for a healthier future.

Helpful Links

(Source: American Heart Association / americanheart.org)