Heart HealthMatters of the Heart

February is approaching, and our thoughts often turn to Valentine’s Day and matters of the heart. Candlelight and flowers are wonderful, to be sure. The Matters of the Heart I would like to focus on here are about heart health.

February is American Heart Month, kicked off each year with National Wear Red Day, the first Friday in February. National Wear Red Day, February 2 this year, is an effort to raise awareness of a very important issue for all of us: heart disease in women. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease claims the lives of more women than all cancers combined! It’s important to get your mammograms, but please, don’t forget your heart!!

What can you do? The first step is being aware of your risk for heart disease. Talk to your doctor about your heart health, and get to know your numbers—blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and body mass index. Check out this Go Red for Women web site from the American Heart Association: https://www.goredforwomen.org for more information.

In the meantime, dust off that little red dress (or sweater, or sneakers) and celebrate National Wear Red Day to support the effort to Go Red for Women! Don’t have anything red? Check out the Red Dress bling at ShopHeart.org. Lots of fun items to help you show your colors!

Article Provided by:
Marianne McCollum, PhD
Professor of Pharmacy Practice

This is the first installment of a new ATL series on health and wellness. Watch this space to stay In the Pink!

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