Gail Alexander-Wright learned the hard way that doing it all was taking a toll on her body. She was an active drilling reservist in the U.S. Navy, owner of a custom cake business, hands-on mom to a teenage daughter while her husband was stationed in Iraq, and an avid exerciser. The picture of health and success, right?
Half right. You see, trying to fit it all in meant sleeping only four to five hours each night. But because she was young and generally felt good, she didn’t think much of it – until she had a heart attack.
A combination of her high-stress lifestyle, unhealthy diet and extensive family history of heart disease was a long, hard lesson in understanding the factors that put her at risk.
Today, Gail shares what she knows with as many women as she can. “I don’t believe there’s enough awareness about this disease – especially for women,” she says. “I want to make sure that women young and old know that heart disease is our No. 1 killer.”
Unlike Gail, you don’t have to wait to learn the facts about heart disease because a diagnosis forces it upon you. Instead, get the facts now and arm yourself and others with as much knowledge as you can take in.
With the right information, education and care, heart disease in women can be treated, prevented and even ended. So please, read the information we’ve made available to you below, and don’t keep it to yourself. Share it with everyone you know. Because the more everyone knows, the more lives can be saved.
- Get involved in the Go Red for Women movement and help us stop this disease. You’ll find links to tools, resources, fact sheets and ideas for starting your own movement and educating others to live a heart-healthy life in your own community.
- Feb. 1, 2013 is the 10th annual National Wear Red Day. If your city or town doesn’t have plans yet, organize an event. No matter how big or small, your involvement in National Wear Red Day will go a long way in helping us spread the word.
- Awareness of the facts about heart disease in women is only the first step. The missing part is putting that knowledge into action. That’s where heart healthy changes in diet and lifestyle come into play. We’ve got facts, quizzes, tip sheets and even a downloadable presentation for you to share with everyone you know.
How will you Go Red?