Cardiovascular disease in the U.S. kills approximately one woman every 80 seconds. The good news is that education and lifestyle changes may prevent 80 percent of cardiac events. Go Red for Women advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health.
Go Red for Women is a movement that starts with you. Lead by example and make the time to “Know Your Numbers.” It’s knowledge that could save your life. Five numbers that all women should know to take control of their heart health are: total cholesterol; HDL (good) cholesterol; blood pressure; blood sugar; and body mass index (BMI). Knowing these numbers can help you and your health care provider determine your risk for developing cardiovascular diseases.
The American Heart Association created Go Red for Women to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke as the number one killer of women, and also to encourage action to save more lives. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power of women to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease.
Having a primary care physician (PCP) who can coordinate your care is vital. If you don’t have a PCP, it’s easy to find one. Just visit your insurance carrier’s website, look for the “find a doctor” area and follow the instructions.
Also, your health plan has a team of care managers ready to assist you. As part of the team’s services, you may receive an outreach call from a nurse. Please remember to return the call if you miss it.
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