Friday, Feb. 3, was National Wear Red Day.

Friday, Feb. 3, was National Wear Red Day.  The cardiac rehab staff at Chippewa County-Monte­video Hospital invites everyone to wear red for women’s heart health awareness.

In 2003, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute took action against a disease that was claiming the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year.  

Stemming from that action, National Wear Red Day was born.  It’s held on the first Friday in February every year to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke being the No. 1 killer of women.  

Fortunately, we have the power to change that as 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.  

We sure know a lot of numbers by heart, like phone numbers, birthdays, pin numbers and passwords. But do you know the most critical numbers for your heart health?  Knowing your numbers is important. They could just save your life! The Amer­ican Heart Association recommends that you be aware of five key numbers.  

Talk to your healthcare provider to learn about your blood pressure, total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood sugar, and BMI or body mass index.  These numbers are important because they allow you and your healthcare provider to determine your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

There are some risk factors you can’t change, but others you can treat and manage with the help of your healthcare provider.  Those you can’t change like family history are still important when assessing your risk for heart disease and stroke.  

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