February is Heart Month – Go Red for Women’s Heart Health

The Cleveland Department of Public Health and the City of Cleveland teamed up with the American Heart Association to help you. They are inviting you to take steps this Hearth Month to improve your health and the health of the ones you love.

February, Heath Month, is part of the American Heart Association’s awareness campaign against cardiovascular disease and stroke, particularly in women. Cardiovascular disease and stroke kill one in three women in the United States, which equates to one woman every 80 seconds. Eighty percent of these incidents could be prevented with heart health awareness and learning how to treat and prevent heart disease.

You can take part in the Heart Month festivities on Tuesday, February 14th in City Hall’s Rotunda.  From 11:00 am to 2:00 pm there will be an on-site health fair including vendors, heart health information and activities, free health screenings, chair massages, and more. More information on the event here.

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  • An estimated 44 million women in the United States are affected by cardiovascular diseases and ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease or stroke.
  • Women comprise only 24 percent of participants in all heart-related studies and are less likely to call 911 for themselves when experiencing symptoms of a heart attack.
  • Only one in five American women – 36% of African American women, 34% of Hispanic women, and 65% of Caucasian women – believe that heart disease their greatest health threat

Women involved with the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement live healthier lives. The movement motivates women to learn their family history and to meet with a healthcare provider to determine their risk for cardiovascular diseases and stroke.  Go Red For Women is asking all Americans to Go Red by wearing red and talking about heart disease.

Get, Know and Manage Your Numbers: Total Cholesterol, HDL (good) Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Body Mass Index (BMI).

Own Your Lifestyle: Stop smoking, lose weight, be physically active and eat healthy.

Raise Your Voice: Advocate for more women-related research and education.

Educate Your Family: Make healthy food choices and teach children the importance of being active.

Donate: Show support with a donation of time or money.

We want you to take charge of your heart as Cleveland Goes Red for Women.