My forearms are hurting like crazy! I had so much fun at the driving range hitting golf balls the other day, that we decided to go back again the next day. It was fun again but the swing is not something I usually do, so my arms are not used to it. I tried to stretch to keep the muscles from getting tight but it didn’t work. Ouchies!
Today we are eating Mexican food and I’m super excited about it. I love Mexican food! It’s my favorite kind of food ever. So I’m super excited to try eating it in New Zealand. It’s going to be a happy day today!
But while I am going on about all this… did you know that today is National Wear Red Day in honor speaking up about heart disease – the number one killer in our nation. Check out the Go Red For Women website that explains more. (This post is a little late in the day but does that really matter? We should care about these things every day, not just on one day.)
A few eye-opening facts you might not know about heart disease…
- Worldwide, 8.6 million women die from heart disease each year, accounting for a third of all deaths in women. Three million women die from stroke each year. Stroke accounts for more deaths among women than men (11% vs 8.4%) with additional risk for CHD unique to women related to oral contraceptive use in combination with smoking.
- Under age 50, women’s heart attacks are twice as likely as men’s to be fatal.
- 267,000 women die each year from heart attacks, which kill six times as many women as breast cancer. Another 31, 837 women die each year of congestive heart failure, representing 62.6% of all heart failure deaths.
- 71% of women experience early warning signs of heart attack with sudden onset of extreme weakness that feels like the flu – often with no chest pain at all. Medical professionals are challenged to respond to women’s milder symptoms, acting with insufficient guidelines.
- Nearly two-thirds of the deaths from heart attacks in women occur among those who have no history of chest pain.
- Smoking, diabetes and abnormal blood lipids erase a woman’s estrogen protection.
- Women who smoke risk having a heart attack 19 years earlier than non-smoking women.
So why am I blogging about this?
Because most of us are headed straight for a heart attack if we keep up our old lifestyles.
It really is that simple. Most of us are/were heart attacks and heart disease cases waiting to happen. But we’ve decided we don’t want that. We’ve decided to get healthy and change our lives and prevent this tragedy from happening to us too soon. In fact, our plans are the first three steps the American Heart Association recommends in their simple 7 action plan to prevent heart disease:
Get active, eat better, lose weight, stop smoking, control cholesterol, manage blood pressure, and reduce blood sugar.
Our plans to get healthy are plans to prevent heart disease. We are making a difference in our own lives. So now you need to turn outward and help others. Talk to your friends and loved ones and tell them the facts about heart disease and help them live a healthy life too.
It’s worth it.