On National Wear Red Day, 9 Facts You Should Know About Women And Heart Disease

Friday, February 6 is ! That means the American Heart Association would like you to today by pulling out your favorite red duds and rocking them proudly. It might seem a bit silly that wearing a certain color on a certain day would help a cause, but it does. In wearing red, you’re showing your support to the women who have died from heart disease and those who are living with it. Awareness saves lives, and when it comes to , there simply isn’t enough of it.

Often seen as a heart disease in women doesn’t get the attention is deserves. Yet it’s far more common — it is the number one cause of death for women, in fact — than we would like to believe. It’s something every woman, no matter her age, can suffer from.

On this , don’t just don your favorite red pieces, but take the time to educate and inform yourself of just how prevalent heart disease is in women. You can start right here by checking out these nine facts about that you may not have known, but should.

1. Heart Disease Is The Number One Killer For Women

For women, , which, if we break it down, is about one woman a minute. It . However, with early detection, .

2. Women Are Not Treated As Aggressively As Men

In 2013, researchers at Ohio State University found that even when , they are not treated as aggressively as men. That needs to change.

3. More Women Than Men Die From Heart Disease

Since 1984, . Still, only one in five to them.

4. Heart Disease Doesn’t Always Have Symptoms

Sixty-four percent of women who never had any symptoms.

It’s a scary thought, but such as shortness of breath and chest pain. Instead, there are very minimal symptoms, often appearing as indigestion or a case of the flu, and women may not have even realized they had a heart attack. This type of attack is called a silent heart attack, and women are more prone to them than men. Silent heart attacks can cause scarring and damage to the heart, putting .

5. Heart Disease Isn’t Just For Older Women

I know it’s easy to think that just because you’re 24, your chances of heart is non-existent, but nothing could be further from the truth. have a 20 percent higher risk of heart disease than those women who do not, and yes, that means lots of women in their 20s.

6. Heart Disease Can Affect Healthy And Fit Women

While being healthy and keeping in shape does aid in keeping a myriad of ailments away, including heart disease, it isn't a guarantee. The American Heart Association suggests that at the age of 20, and start paying attention to their blood pressure numbers at that age, too.

7. There Aren't Enough Women In Heart Health Studies

When it comes to studies and research programs that are hoping to learn more about this deadly disease and how to prevent it, . Of all heart-related studies, women make up only 24 percent of the participants. Ugh.

8. Black And Latina Women Are At An Even Higher Risk

up to a decade earlier than white women, yet only 30 percent of Hispanic women have been informed of this fact. Over 46 percent of African American women over the age of 20 have cardiovascular disease, and only 50 percent of them are even aware of the signs of a heart attack.

9. If You Have Heart Disease In Your Family, It Doesn't Mean Your Doomed

Yes, your risk is higher than women who don't have it in their family, but you can still take steps to lower what genetic risks you have.

Thanks to both awareness and healthy lifestyle choices, the American Heart Association reports that over 600,000 women have been saved and 330 a day from heart disease.

It’s important to have regular check-ups and to be aware of what possible changes have occurred in your body. If you know your body well enough, you’ll be more likely to know if something seems a bit off.

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