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Go Red for Women


According to the latest statistics from the American Heart Association, the battle against heart disease is a battle we are winning! An estimated 80% of heart disease in women is preventable, and more women are beating heart disease than ever before.

One of the reasons we are seeing a decrease in the number of people dying from heart disease is the increased awareness in its causes, risk factors and warning signs. For example, did you know that a heart attack can present very differently in women than in men?
“While chest pain in men is triggered by physical activity and diminishes with rest, women often experience chest pain while at rest or sleeping,” says cardiologist Aimee Park, M.D. “Some women may experience the same types of symptoms as men– chest tightness, shortness of breath and left-sided jaw and arm pain—but many more present with an entirely different set of symptoms, including:

  • Chest or arm pain or discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Indigestion, nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Palpitations or abnormal heartbeats
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat

Because heart disease does not choose a specific age, race or ethnicity, it’s important for all women to G.O. R.E.D.

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 and your family. Teach your kids the importance of staying active.
Donate: Show your support with a donation of time or money.

About Go Red for Women:

Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. Go Red for Women advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health. For more information visit