National Wear Red Day is this Friday, February 5. The day is meant to raise awareness about the dangers of heart disease and strokes for women, to raise funds for research to save women’s lives, and to encourage healthier living. Heart disease and strokes are often silent killers of women and result in the deaths of 1 in 3 women. What makes heart disease and stroke so deadly is the fact that 64% of women who die suddenly of heart disease have no prior symptoms.
Heart Health Tips
Heart disease is 80% preventable. That’s exactly why raising awareness is key to saving the lives of thousands of women in the U.S. There are several things that anyone can do to encourage better heart health. For example, getting enough sleep is linked to healthier arteries. Getting a good seven hours of sleep a night is recommended. Limiting certain foods in your diet can also have a positive effect on your heart health. Doctors recommend limiting salt and alcohol consumption as well as saturated fats, sugar, and processed carbs. Replace those with heart-healthy whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Finally, getting enough exercise is key to heart health. The average individual should be getting about 30 minutes of moderate exercise five days a week.
Getting Heart Health Testing
What can you do to help your employees achieve better heart health? In honor of Wear Red Day, encourage your employees to get heart health screenings. Even a basic heart health test panel can reveal much about an individual’s heart health. A heart health test panel typically includes testing for cholesterol, LDL, HDL, and triglycerides in addition to checking for other things like anemia, Vitamin D, and a Complete Metabolic Panel.