February 6, 2012 - MMH Spotlight: Go Red For Women, Raising Awareness on Cardiovascular Health

Article Fast Facts
- Marietta Memorial Hospital sponsors a Go Red For Women Luncheon annually to help raise awareness on cardiovascular disease in women within the community.
- This yearís heart luncheon will be held Tuesday, February 14, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Marietta Shrine Club in Marietta.
- In the past, victims of heart disease and heart attacks have been primarily associated with men only.
- Worldwide, 8.6 million women die from heart disease each year, accounting for a third of all deaths in women.
- Only 55 percent of women realize heart disease is their number one killer and less than half know what are considered healthy levels for cardiovascular risk factors like blood pressure and cholesterol.

Marietta Memorial Hospital Sponsors Go Red For Women Luncheon
Marietta Memorial Hospital is holding their annual Go Red For Women Heart Luncheon on Tuesday, February 14, 11:30 a.m. Ė 1 p.m. at the Marietta Shrine Club. Marietta Memorial Hospital physicians and staff will be speaking, lunch will be provided by Austynís and Terri Annís as well as Old Town Bakery will be donating door prizes

Wear red and show your support. For more information or to register for this event contact Angi Johnson at (740) 568-5232.

Facts about Cardiovascular Health in Women
- Worldwide, 8.6 million women die from heart disease each year, accounting for a third of all deaths in women.
- 435,000 American women have heart attacks annually; 83,000 are under age 65; 35,000 are under 55.
- Women with diabetes have more than double the risk of heart attack than non- diabetic women.
- 267,000 women die each year from heart attacks, which kill six times as many women as breast cancer.
- Women who smoke risk having a heart attack 19 years earlier than non-smoking women.
(Information provided by the Womenís Heart Foundation)

Facts about Cardiovascular Health in Women Compared to Men
- Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease and the gap between men and womenís survival continues to widen.
- Women are twice as likely as men to die within the first few weeks after suffering a heart attack.
- Younger aged women between the ages of 40-59 are up to four times more likely to die from heart bypass surgery than men the same age.
- Women comprise of only 24 percent of participants in all heart-related studies.
- Thirty-eight percent of women and 25 percent of men will die within one year of a first recognized heart attack.
- Women's hearts respond better than men's to healthy lifestyle changes, yet only two percent of the National Health Institute budget is dedicated to prevention.
- Frequently reported symptoms of heart disease in women include unusual fatigue, sleep disturbances, shortness of breath, indigestion and anxiety.
(Information provided by the Womenís Heart Foundation)

How to Lower Your Risk
- Donít smoke, actively or passively. Your chance of having a heart attack doubles if you smoke as few as one to four cigarettes per day.
- Be more active. Fit more activity into your life: Take the stairs rather than the elevator, do yard work, park farther from your destination and walk.
- Reduce stress. Your risk for heart disease increases if youíre depressed or feel chronically stressed. Stress-reducing strategies include exercise, adequate sleep, relaxation techniques and meditation.
- Lower your cholesterol. Having high cholesterol puts you at a high risk of developing coronary heart disease.
(Information provided by the Harvard Health Publications)

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