About Go Red For Women
In 2004, the American Heart Association (AHA) faced a challenge. Cardiovascular disease claimed the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year, yet women were not paying attention. In fact, many even dismissed it as an older man’s disease. To dispel the myths and raise awareness of heart disease & stroke as the number one killer of women, the American Heart Association created Go Red For Women, a passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health.
What is the goal of Go Red For Women?
Go Red For Women encourages awareness of the issue of women and heart disease, and also action to save more lives. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power women have to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them the tools they need to lead a heart healthy life.
In 2010, the AHA set a strategic goal of reducing death and disability from cardiovascular disease and strokes by 20 percent while improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent by the year 2020.
Facts About Women and Cardiovascular Disease from AHA
Cardiovascular diseases, which includes stroke, claim the life of a woman about every 80 seconds. But about 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases may be prevented.
As the No. 1 killer of women — claiming the lives of one in three women — cardiovascular diseases force us to consider that a woman we know and love may be affected at any age. In fact, today heart disease claims more lives than all forms of cancer combined.
There is good news: heart disease and stroke may be prevented by understanding your family health history, knowing your numbers and making simple lifestyle changes.
Learn Your Family History.
You can control some risk factors such as blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol and lack of regular physical activity. You can’t control factors such as age, gender and family history.
Know Your Numbers and Act.
The five critical health numbers all women should know are:
1. Total cholesterol
2. HDL cholesterol
3. Blood pressure
4. Blood sugar
5. Body mass index (BMI)
Now is the time for women to take control of their health by Learning their Family History and Knowing their Numbers. Beating heart disease and stroke means more time for women to be change makers, business leaders and innovators, and more time to be moms, sisters, partners and friends. Beating cardiovascular diseases means more time to be here and be you.
When you support Go Red For Women by advocating, fundraising and sharing your story, more lives are saved. Every dollar raised helps fund lifesaving research and awareness that adds more time to women’s lives.
Facts about cardiovascular diseases
FACT 1: Cardiovascular diseases kill one woman about every 80 seconds and about 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases may be prevented.
- Prevention starts with Knowing Your Numbers: Total Cholesterol, HDL Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Body Mass Index (BMI).
- Less than 20 percent of women meet the Federal Physical Activity Guidelines.
- More than 66 percent of women age 20 and older are overweight or obese.
About 63 percent are non-Hispanic whites.
- About 82 percent are non-Hispanic blacks.
- About 77 percent are Hispanics.
- More than 50 percent of high blood pressure-related deaths were female.
- About 42 percent of women in America age 20 or older have total cholesterol of 200 mg/dl or higher.
FACT 2: Cardiovascular diseases kill nearly one in three women each year.
• Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined.
• More than one in three women is living with some form of cardiovascular disease.
• Women account for almost half of all cardiovascular deaths.
• Mortality from peripheral artery disease, or PAD, was nearly 11 percent higher in women than men. The prevalence of PAD for adults age 40 and older is greater than 6.8 million.
FACT 3: About 4.1 million stroke survivors alive today are women.
• Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 130,000 people a year. That’s roughly one in every 20 deaths.
• Each year about 55,000 more females than males have a stroke.
FACT 4: Heart disease and stroke affect women of all ethnicities.
• Among women age 20 and older:
• About one third of non-Hispanic whites have CVD.
• Nearly half of non-Hispanic blacks have CVD.
• About one third of Hispanics have CVD.
• Only 17 percent of women consider heart disease or stroke to be the greatest health problem facing Americans today.
• African-American women are the least likely among all women to consider heart disease or stroke to be the greatest health problem facing Americans today – only 13 percent consider it the greatest health problem.
• 15 percent of Hispanic women and 15 percent of Asian women consider heart disease or stroke to be the greatest health problem facing Americans today.
• 18 percent of Caucasian women consider heart disease or stroke to be the greatest health problem facing Americans today.
About Go Red For Women
In the United States, cardiovascular diseases kill approximately 1 in 3 women each year. Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. Cardiovascular diseases in the U.S. kill approximately one woman every 80 seconds. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Go Red For Women advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement is nationally sponsored by Macy’s and CVS Health, with additional support from our cause supporters. For more information, please visit GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278).
About FountainGrove Cardiology
At NCMA Cardiovascular Services, our goal has been to create one of the most comprehensive and cost-effective health care groups in the nation.
From cardiac catheterization to open-heart surgery, from electrophysiology to rehabilitation and prevention, the Northern California Medical Associates (NCMA) Cardiovascular Services team is dedicated to delivering the highest quality care and the best patient results. Our professional staff not only maintains its commitment to our patients’ health and well-being but to maintaining a tradition of excellence and expertise in our practice of the most current, innovative treatments in cardiovascular medicine.
The Cardiovascular Services team is comprised of highly skilled physicians, specialists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals dedicated to our patients’ health care needs. Since 1975, the group has focused on sub specialization within cardiovascular health to provide services by the most highly trained and experienced physicians and staff.
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Santa Rosa, CA 95403
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- Masis Babajanian, MD Non-Interventional Cardiology
- Ashwani Bedi, M.D., Cardiovascular Disease
- Kimberly Brayton, M.D. Cardiovascular Disease
- Patrick S. Coleman, MD Interventional Cardiology
- Thomas E. Dunlap, MD Interventional Cardiology
- Allan Garfield, MD Non-Interventional Cardiology
- Henry W. Huang, M.D., Cardiology
- Vishal Patel, MD Interventional Cardiology
- Harendra K. Punatar, MD Non-Interventional Cardiology / Echo Cardiology