By Deborah Goldstein
If there was ever a time to show yourself some love, it’s February, American Heart Month. You may not realize that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. In fact, heart disease claims the lives of more women than all cancers combined.
That’s the mission of the American Heart Association’s popular, passionate Go Red for Women campaign, to dispel the myth that heart attacks are just an older man’s concern. Go Red encourages women to speak up on this issue and take control of their health, to prevent cardiovascular disease and save lives.
What can you do to be more heart-healthy, and help other women in your life do the same?
—Show your support Feb. 3 for National Wear Red Day. Set up a fundraising page, make a donation, or check out a local event.
—Take the Go Red Heart Check-Up.
—Learn the signs of a heart attack.
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—Spread the word by registering for your Red Dress pin, Go Red’s symbol of women’s fight against heart disease.
—Watch Go Red spokesperson Star Jones when she returns to The View Feb. 22. Jones will share how she recovered from successful cardiac surgery in 2010.
—Shop Go Red, from T-shirts to yoga mats to healthy cookbooks.
—Take control of your heart health: Don’t smoke and be sure to make time for exercise. Also, adopt healthy eating habits. The DASH Diet for Hypertension, by Thomas Moore, M.D., is currently ranked the “Best Overall Diet” by U.S. News and World Report. DASH is also recommended by the American Heart Association, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the American Society for Hypertension, and other leading medical authorities.
—Serve up these low-carb, heart-healthy Super Bowl snacks this Sunday, courtesy of The New Atkins for a New You Cookbook.