Women have been fighting heart disease individually and together as part of the Go Red For Women movement since 2004. As we begin our 10th year, more than 627,000 lives have been saved. But the fight is far from over.
Heart disease is still our No. 1 killer — it affects more women than men and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.
Using the American Heart Association’s research and resources, Go Red For Women educates and connects hundreds of thousands of women and offers tools to help women make lifesaving choices — choices to protect their health and reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke.
Why take action? Heart disease is still the No. 1 killer of women:
• Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.
• An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease.
• Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
Heart disease strikes more women than men, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined:
• Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease, and the gap continues to widen.
• The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women and are often silent, hidden or misunderstood.
Heart disease requires more attention, more research and swifter action.
• Only 1 in 6 American women believe heart disease is her greatest threat.
• Women comprise only 24 percent of participants in heart-related studies.
• Women are less likely to call 911 when experiencing symptoms of a heart attack than if men were having a heart attack.
Why Go Red?
With the right information, education and care, heart disease in women can be treated, prevented and even wiped out. Women who Go Red are more likely to make healthy choices:
• More than one-third have lost weight. • Nearly 50 percent have increased their exercise. • Sixty percent have changed their diets. • More than 40 percent have checked their cholesterol levels. • One-third have talked to their doctors about developing heart-health plans.