If you know me, you know that I am passionate about heart health and eager to continue sharing valuable tips and insights throughout this month-long heart health blog series journey. But my dedication doesn't stop at just spreading awareness; I'm also deeply involved in a fundraising campaign aimed at raising awareness of heart disease, especially its impact on women. This initiative is part of the Go Red for Women campaign, spearheaded by the American Heart Association.
This year, I've been honored with a nomination as the AHA Woman of Impact. As part of this commitment, I'm aiming to raise $25,000 for heart disease. Why? Let's delve into some sobering statistics:
1. Cardiovascular Disease—A Silent Killer: It's staggering to learn that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among women, responsible for 1 in 3 deaths each year.
2. Awareness and Prevention: Heart disease and stroke don't discriminate by age, making it crucial for all women to understand their personal risk factors and family history. Fortunately, most cardiac and stroke events can be prevented through education and lifestyle changes, such as regular exercise, healthy eating habits, and managing blood pressure.
3. Gender Disparities in CPR: Shockingly, women are often less likely to receive bystander CPR during a cardiac event. Fear of accusations of inappropriate touching or causing harm may deter potential rescuers. However, it's essential to note that every state has "Good Samaritan" laws to protect those who provide reasonable assistance in emergencies.
4. Hands-Only CPR: Simple steps can save lives. Hands-Only CPR involves calling 911 and delivering rapid, forceful compressions to the center of the chest until help arrives. Unfortunately, research shows that women are less likely to receive this crucial intervention compared to men, resulting in lower survival rates.
5. Join the Fight: Together, we can change this grim reality. Whether by joining my fundraising team or making a donation, you can contribute to raising awareness and supporting initiatives that combat heart disease in women. Click here to learn more.
Let's make a difference in the fight against cardiovascular disease. Stay tuned for more heart-healthy tips and insights throughout this series. Together, we can save lives and promote better heart health for all.