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HEART DISEASE IN WOMEN
January 31, 2011

Please celebrate National Wear Red Day® on Friday, February 4, 2011 to raise awareness about heart disease among women.

The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® works every day to fund research and fight this killer so that more women can be saved. You can make a difference by donating to the American Heart Association or to the Clay County Hospital Foundation. At your request, donations to the Foundation may be designated for the Cardiac Rehab Department.

Reasons to Make it Your Mission to Fight Heart Disease in Women:

  • Heart disease is still the No. 1 killer of women, taking the life of 1 in 3 women each year. This means women just like you - mothers, sisters, friends - are dying at the rate of one per minute because they don't know what you know: heart disease kills.
  • More women die of cardiovascular disease than the next four causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer.
  • Still, only 1 in 5 women believes that heart disease is her greatest health threat.
  • Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
  • Eighty percent of cardiac events in women could be prevented if women made the right choices for their hearts involving diet, exercise and abstinence from smoking.
  • Hispanic women are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than non-Hispanic white women. More than 8 percent of Hispanics age 18 and older have heart disease.
  • African-American women are at greater risk for heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases than Caucasians.