Getting ready to put that festive red dress through its seasonal paces? Well, as you make the rounds of holidays parties and other events, let people know this the red isn’t just for cheer — it’s for women’s heart health awareness.
Go Red for Women is a national movement sponsored by the American Heart Association aimed at reducing the rate of cardiovascular disease in women. By encouraging women to wear red dresses, the Association aims to increase awareness about this silent killer. This awareness is particularly important for women because the media tends to portray heart disease as something that attacks men, possibly due to old-fashioned associations between gender and work-related stress. But the truth is that nearly half a million women die from cardiovascular problems each year — and Go Red for Women can help cut that number down.
If your spouse, mother, sister of other loved one suffers from heart disease or is recovering from heart surgery, home health care can make a world of difference in that person’s ongoing health and wellness. Our trained personnel can make certain that she eats right, gets an appropriate level of physical exercise and takes her medications without fail. We do the same for our other patients who suffer from hypertension or other conditions related to heart disease. At the same time, we educate our patients to boost their awareness of what they can do to remain as healthy as possible on their own. We’d love to see them get healthy enough to manage without us!
So this year when you put on that seasonal red dress, remember what the red stands for — and do what you need to do to take care of your loved ones and yourself. Here’s to a heart-healthy new year!