St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

February is Heart Health Awareness Month

February is Heart Health Awareness Month

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease remains America's number one killer, causing more deaths than accidents and cancer combined. Many people still think of heart disease (particularly heart attacks) as something that most often affects men, but it is also the number one killer of women. The American Heart Association (AHA) reports that cardiovascular disease claims the lives of five times as many women as breast cancer.

February is designated as Heart Health Awareness Month by the American Heart Association. The Heart Truth®—a national awareness campaign for women about heart disease—created and introduced the “Red Dress” as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness to deliver an urgent wakeup call to women. The "Red Dress" campaign aims to educate the public about the dangers of heart disease and the importance of heart health, particularly for women.

Parish President Robottom encourages all residents and parish employees to wear red this month. “Creating awareness is the first step to saving lives. I encourage all of our residents to join us in recognizing and reaffirming our commitment to fighting cardiovascular disease,” said Robottom. There are a number of risks that women can control to prevent heart disease such as: smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, physical inactivity, obesity, diabetes, stress, alcohol, and illegal drugs. These risk factors can be controlled or treated with help from your healthcare professional.

Spread the word and save a life, tell someone about the risks of heart disease!