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About Heart Disease in Women

The more a woman knows about heart disease, the better chance she has of beating it. The first facts you need to know are very serious: Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined. Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.

Go Red For Women inspires women to make lifestyle changes, mobilize communities and shape policies to save lives. United, we are working to improve the health of all women.

Go Red For Women Is Leading The Battle

Here at Go Red For Women, we’re doing everything we can to fight heart disease in women. We’re providing life saving information to women of all ages and ethnicities, we’re increasing gender-focused medical research, and we provide a tight community of likeminded champions who have banded together to form an unstoppable army against heart disease in women.

 

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Heart-Healthy Exercise

Exercising on a regular basis can sound great – in theory. But when it comes to actually doing it, are you among the many who will find anything and everything possible to occupy your time instead?

If every effort to embark on a new fitness plan ends with a new running shoes or exercise equipment that remain unused, it’s time to change your mindset. First of all, know you’re not alone. We all face this struggle; and the good news is that we can all conquer it. After all, you don’t have to workout like you’re training for a marathon to get your heart in great shape.

It can be as simple as walking briskly for just 30 minutes a day. And the housecleaning you did to procrastinate your workout? Believe it or not, that counts as exercise, too. You don’t have to go for an actual run to get a runner’s high. That rush you get at the sight of a gleaming bathroom counts too.

There are so many types of physical activity that can improve your cholesterol levels, lower your blood pressure and simply make you feel good – and we’re going to tell you all about them. Keep reading for more tips to help you get your heart in shape, and learn why women who Go Red have exercise to thank for their successful recovery.

 

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Stress Management

It’s important to learn how to recognize how stress affects you, learn how to deal with it, and develop healthy habits to ease your stress. What is stressful to one person may not be to another. Stress can come from happy events (a new marriage, job promotion, new home) as well as unhappy events (illness, overwork, family problems).

What is stress?

Stress is your body’s response to change. The body reacts to it by releasing adrenaline (a hormone) that causes your breathing and heart rate to speed up, and your blood pressure to rise. These reactions help you deal with the situation. The problems come when stress is constant (chronic) and your body remains in high gear, off and on, for days or weeks at a time. Chronic stress may cause an increase in heart rate and blood pressure.

Not all stress is bad. Speaking to a group or watching a close football game can be stressful, but they can be fun, too. The key is to manage stress properly. Unhealthy responses to stress may lead to health problems in some people.

Tips to manage stress

Stress affects each of us in different ways. You may have physical signs, emotional signs or both.

Taking steps to manage stress will help you feel more in control of your life. Read on to learn more about stress and heart disease and ways to cope.

 

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