Attention Ladies! Did you know that Heart Disease is not just a man’s disease. Heart disease is now the #1 killer of women!
Many people do not know that the percentage of women that are affected with heart disease has actually increased and since the early 1980’s more women than men have died from heart disease.
Unfortunately most women have at least one risk factor for heart disease and may not even know it. Things like hypertension or high blood pressure, a high BMI index and low physical activity all play an important role in the likelihood that a women will develop heart disease. Family history can also contribute to a women’s chance of being diagnosed with a risk factor.
February is American Heart Month and we can all show our support by wearing red. The CDC wants to raise awareness to help prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 and we as young adults can help them reach this goal by creating consciousness and setting a good example for our family and friends.
Today, the College of Allied Health is sponsoring the American Heart Association Inland Empire Go Red for Women Luncheon. We are committed to help raise awareness of women’s heart disease!
This issue is also near and dear to our hearts, as just this week, we said goodbye to a dear friend–Kushi Jones. Kushi experienced a major heart attack and never recovered. She was a dearly loved member of the CBU community and recently retired from her role as the Director of the Career Center. We are all devastated by this news, and again reminded that heart disease can impact us all. And so today, we will Go Red for Women! We will Go Red for Kushi!
Health Science, Pre-Physician Assistant
Leadership Allied Health