Woo Hoo American Heart Association!
The AHA’s mission to reduce cardiovascular deaths by 25% by the year 2010 seemed huge. But this week the AHA announced they DID IT!
Deaths due to heart attacks and stroke have been steadily decreasing since 1999 — Great News!
Much of the decline is due to quicker diagnosis and treatment.
So what does this mean to you?
To be one of the survivors you must put yourself in the position to receive quality treatment immediately. Women often do not receive the same treatment as men presenting with the same symptoms. Get more details on how to take charge in the ER.
Avoid a heart attack or stroke by developing an active lifestyle, eating well, and managing your stress . Even though treatments are improving, don’t abuse your body and then count on medical science to save your life.
Get involved. While overall deaths are decreasing, women’s survival rates are not improving. Help overcome the treatment, diagnosis, prevention and education disparity by joining the AHA’s efforts to pass the HEART for Women Act.
Protect the children. The alarming trend in childhood obesity will offset any gains in treatments in the future. We could well see the death rates slip backwards as our sickest generation ages. Get involved in your community.
The future looks bright if we all get involved on a personal and community level.
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Eliz Greene is the Busy Woman’s Guide to a Health. Drawing on her experience surviving a massive heart attack while seven-months pregnant with twins, struggling to lose the 80 pounds gained during her pregnancy, and her background as an adaptive movement specialist, Eliz developed simple strategies and tips to help other busy women be more active, eat better and manage your stress.
As the Director of the Embrace Your Heart Wellness Initiative, Eliz travels the country energizing and inspiring audiences in keynotes and workshops on women’s heart health. She writes one of the top 100 health and wellness blogs. Find more at www.EmbraceYourHeart.com
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