By Lynn Sprain, MS/RCEP/RT, Winona Health Cardiac Rehabilitation

Did you know cardiovascular diseases cause one in three women’s deaths each year? And 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for heart disease or stroke. Did you also know that up to 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented?

GO RED FOR WOMEN is one way The American Heart Association is fighting to save women’s lives—by raising awareness of risk factors for heart disease. Progress has been significant, but there’s a long way to go. Here are a few things we all can do:

  • Know your numbers: Ask your healthcare provider to check your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose.
  • Take charge of your lifestyle: Stop smoking, lose weight if necessary, be physically active and eat healthy.
  • Educate others: Make healthy food choices for you and your family. Teach your kids the importance of staying active.

Share information with your friends, family and co-workers to increase awareness and take action to decrease your risk for heart disease. You can find free information and resources at

Take control and make changes to improve your health. Let’s share the good news. We can end the number one killer of our mothers, sisters, daughters and friends. Make a difference and Go Red for Women.

Let’s all WEAR RED on Friday, February 1.

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