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Go RED for Women

(This was sent as a nice little reminder from my YOUNG 40+ year old aunt who had a heart attack in 2008.)


Just a little reminder to ask you to wear red tomorrow, why?


• Heart disease is the leading cause of death of American women.



• More women than men die of heart disease each year.


• 35.3% of deaths in American women over the age of 20, or more than 432,000, are caused by cardiovascular disease each year.


• More than 200,000 women die each year from heart attacks- nearly five times as many women as breast cancer.


• Women are less likely than men to receive appropriate treatment after a heart attack.


• Women comprise only 27% of participants in all heart-related research studies.


• 58% of Caucasian women, 80% of African-American women, and 74% Hispanic-American women are overweight or obese.


• Women with diabetes are 2.5 times more likely to have heart attacks.


• 48% of adult women have total cholesterol of at least 200mg/dL.


• 50% of Caucasian women, 64% of African-American women, 60% of Hispanic women, and 53% of Asian/Pacific Islander women are sedentary and get no leisure time physical activity.


• African-American women, despite their higher risk of heart disease, were 10% less likely to receive aspirin and 27% less likely to receive cholesterol-lowering drugs.


• Some medications to treat hypertension in African-American patients work better and some work worse compared to Caucasian patients.


• Among African-American women over the age of 20, 44.8% have high blood pressure.


• Compared with Caucasian women, Hispanic women are nearly three times as likely to be uninsured.


• Prevalence for diabetes in Mexican-American women is two times higher than Caucasian women.


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