When addressing headaches and
Migraine disease, it's critical to also address other issues that can affect
headaches and Migraine disease as well as those that impact our overall health.
Especially given the fact that 18% of women have Migraine disease (6 - 7% of
men), women's health initiatives are of great interest. Heart disease and
stroke, which is also an area of focus for the
Association, can both significantly impact Migraine treatment. For example,
Migraine abortive medications are quite often not recommended for use by
patients with a history of or high risk factors for heart disease and / or
stroke. Thus, it becomes even more important to learn about our hearts and how
to take the best possible care of ourselves.
Consider these statistics:
- Only 13 percent of women view heart
disease as a health threat, even though it’s women’s No. 1 killer.
- Cardiovascular disease (CVD) kills nearly
half a million women a year, about one per minute.
- One in four females and one in four males
in the United States suffers from a form of CVD.
- CVD claims more lives than the next six
most common causes of death combined.
- On average, an American dies of CVD every
- Coronary heart disease is the No. 1 killer
of women over age 25.
- Sixty-four percent of women who died
suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms.
- One in 2.5 women will die of heart disease
or stroke, compared with one in 30 from breast cancer.
- Heart disease rates in post-menopausal
women are two to three times higher than in pre-menopausal women of the same
- Stroke is the No. 3 cause of death for
American women, and is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability.
- Stroke kills more women than men. In 2002,
females represented nearly 62 percent of stroke deaths.
- African-American and Mexican-American
women have higher heart disease and stroke risk factors than white women of
comparable socioeconomic status.
Thousands of Americans will help
women fight heart disease on Friday, February 4, 2011, when they participate in the
American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women initiative.
Go Red For Women
began in February, 2004, as an initiative to raise awareness that heart disease
is women’s No. 1 killer. The grassroots campaign has since grown into a vibrant
national movement as more women, men, celebrities, healthcare providers and
politicians embrace and elevate the cause of women and heart disease.
The campaign provides women with
tips and information on healthy eating, exercise, and risk factor reduction,
such as smoking cessation, weight maintenance, blood pressure control and blood
National Wear Red Day isn't just
for women. It's also for all men who care about women. Here's how and why you
can participate in National Wear Red Day:
What To Wear
National Wear Red Day for Women has its own dress code. Wear your favorite
red clothes or accessory—a red blouse, a red dress pin, a fabulous red
handbag —put on red lipstick, or sport a red tie and red socks. Go red in
your own fashion to show your support for women and the fight against heart
disease. Join us, men! Red is a great color for you too.
Why You Should Participate
Too few people realize that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women (and
men), but the good news is heart disease largely can be prevented. Spreading
the Go Red For Women message, Love Your Heart, raises
awareness of heart disease and empowers women to reduce their risk.
Wear Red To Work
Companies can offer an additional incentive for employees to participate
by allowing them to wear red and jeans to work on Wear Red Day in exchange
for a $5 donation to the American Heart Association.
Participate in Wear Red Day
Encourage everyone in your organization to wear red on Wear Red Day and
share the tools and information they need to protect themselves and their
loved ones. For information on how your company can participate in Wear Red
Day, contact your local American Heart Association or call 1-888-MY HEART.
Plan Now for Next Year's
Wear Red Day
Put together a group of people now to plan next year's Wear Red Day and
appropriate activities such as:
A heart-healthy luncheon.
A special heart health
Special rewards for
creatively wearing red.
A fund drive for the
American Heart Association.
A membership drive for the
Go for Red movement. By joining the Go Red For Women movement, you
become an important part of the fight against heart disease, the No. 1
killer of women in America. Your involvement is just one more step
toward lowering the prevalence of the disease among mothers, sisters,
aunts, daughters, grandmothers, best friends, and other women just like
you! Joining is free, and you’ll gain access to valuable heart-health
information, tips and tools, programs and special discounts. To join or
for more information, visit the
Go Red for Women web site.
Use your imagination...
As you go about your normal
activities, please take some time to stop, think, and Love your heart!
The American Heart
Go Red for
Medical review by
John Claude Krusz, PhD, MD
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© Teri Robert, 2011. Last updated January 25, 2011.