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Published: Wed, February 08, 2017
Health | By Bessie Ortiz

Ensuring HerHeart Health by Preventing Heart Disease

Ensuring HerHeart Health by Preventing Heart Disease

According to the American Heart Association, heart attack and stroke kill more than 17 million Americans every year.

Know the signs of a heart attack. Jones, who now serves as a spokeswoman for the campaign, tells Bustle that heart disease is now the number one killer of women, African-Americans, and Americans overall.

As mentioned before, the key to a healthy heart is a healthy lifestyle.

"With heart disease being the number one killer of women in America, the goal is to create awareness within the community about the importance of women's heart health", said Elaine Smith, ARH Community Relations Advocate.

Babies and staff at St. Vincent's Birmingham and St. Vincent's East participated in National Wear Red Day to raise awareness about heart disease
Morrison Community Hospital offers tips to reduce risk of heart disease

80% of heart disease is preventable through lifestyle change like diet, exercise, high cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar management, weight loss and not smoking. "We want to encourage employees make a pledge to commit to change by eliminating workplace candy jars, start a weekly walk, drink water instead of pop, take the stairs instead of the elevator or choose veggies instead of chips".

For those diagnosed with risk factors, following at least four of the practices leads to a significantly lower risk of developing heart disease later in life. It is important that you plan now, think about your last wishes, and it will help family members left behind during hard times, facing life without you knowing you have left things in order.

The VCU Health Pauley Heart Team will offer free blood pressure and body mass index screenings in the second floor conference rooms at VCU Medical Center. Also, eat food rich in nutrients, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grain bread. If you are at significant risk for heart disease or don't normally exercise, she also advises that you consult a health provider before starting a rigorous routine. "I'm so honored to be a part of the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection, presented by Macy's, because living a heart healthy life is incredibly important to me".

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