Cardiovascular disease isn’t just a man’s disease; in fact, cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death for Hispanic women, killing nearly 21,000 annually. Fortunately, with lifestyle changes and education, 80% of heart disease and stroke events may be prevented. I hope you are interested in working together to develop content to bring awareness to the Latino community this February, American Heart Month.
There are ways to prevent heart disease and stroke and this year, the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement is encouraging women to schedule a “Well-Woman Visit.” The visit is a scheduled prevention check-up to review a woman’s overall health so her doctor can measure blood pressure, check cholesterol and look for signs of heart disease, stroke and other illnesses. It is a separate visit from other appointments for specific sicknesses or injuries.
Schedule a Well-Woman Visit: invest an hour in your life to save the rest.
- A Well-Woman Visit is a scheduled prevention check-up to review a woman’s overall health so her doctor can measure blood pressure, check cholesterol and look for signs of heart disease, stroke and other illnesses.
- It is a separate visit from other appointments for specific sicknesses or injures.
- The visit can be scheduled with a primary care physician, nurse-practitioner or an Obstetrician Gynecologist (OB-GYN).
- Know your family health history before your Well-Woman Visit. Family history can be a significant – and often unknown – risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
- For most women, a Well-Woman Visit has no additional costs because of the Affordable Care Act, but not for all, so check your insurance plan for preventive services coverage before scheduling your visit.
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.
Here are a few ways you can unite to prevent heart disease and stroke:
- Schedule a Well-Woman Visit today to learn about your health status and risk for diseases.
- Document your health habits and your family health history
- Encourage your family and friends to take small steps toward healthy lifestyles to improve health and to reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke
- Explain “What it means to Go Red” by sharing the following acronym:
Get Your Numbers: Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose.
Own Your Lifestyle: Stop smoking, lose weight, be physically active and eat healthy.
Raise Your Voice: Advocate for more women-related research and education.
Educate Your Family: Make healthy food choices for you & your family. Teach your kids the importance of staying active.
Donate: Show your support with a donation of time or money.