Exactly 7 Days before hearts pitter patter on the International day of love, is February 7th, known as National Wear RED Day! A day where the nation riles together in helping raise awareness to end heart disease the #1 killer of women— deadlier than ALL Cancers.
By acknowledging this disease is a killer not just of men, but women, we can effort the spread of knowledge that can help lower the statistics! In fact, Heart disease and stroke actually kills 1 in 3 women across the United States of America annually!
Y ? That is the same thing we are wondering, especially since it is 80% preventable.
You see by wearing the color RED today celebrities and folks across the nation were bringing to light the power we have to prevent this disease. I will share a personal health challenge with The Y Life, although my Gluten Free and Veggie filled diet are full of Fiber and Vitamins… I have genetic high levels of Cholesterol passed down from my Granny, to my dad and then onto me. I naturally produce higher levels of LDL “The Bad Cholesterol”– LDL is an essential fat that cells in your body need, Cholesterol can’t dissolve in our blood, so proteins in the blood then carry it and in turn leads to plaque build up in the arteries that surround and help hinder heart function. I know what you are wondering, Food intake… Yes, it does affect your levels, but some folks innately develop this bad cholesterol in the liver. That is me!
With an estimated 43 million women in the U.S. affected by heart disease most American families are in one way or another experiencing repercussions of this disease. You see, we have the tendency to fear Breast Cancer and yet while 1 in 31 American women does die from breast cancer each year, the numbers are astronomically higher where the heart is involved… 1 in 3 dies of Heart Disease.
Personally, I am at even higher risk since my Grandmother suffered a Stroke under the age of 60, so better understanding signs and symptoms of Stroke are vital to my personal health, along with a healthy diet and monitoring my cholesterol levels. The American Heart Association has published, the following to help guide folks…
Signs that you may be having a stroke:
– Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
– Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
– Sudden trouble seeing or blurred vision in one or both eyes
– Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
– Sudden severe headache with no known cause
In addition, never wait more than 5 minutes to dial 9-1-1 if you experience EVEN one of the signs above! Truth is you could be suffering from a stroke, even if you’re not experiencing all of these symptoms, and since time is of utmost importance, make sure to keep your eye on the clock. Every moment matters, medical teams in the ER, will need to know when the first symptom occurred!