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Many people don’t realise that heart disease is the single biggest killer of women. Globally, more women die from heart disease than from all cancers, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and malaria combined.
Heart disease is largely preventable however, and that is why it is so important that females (and males too) are educated on what can be done to help reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
According to the Heart Foundation website, the following are risk factors for heart disease that people have the power to try and change:
There are also other non-modifiable risk factors, such as age, ethnic background and family history.
The Heart Foundation has taken on the mission to try and greatly reduce heart disease in Australia, and everyone can help by getting involved in the Go Red for Women campaign.
To get involved, people are encouraged to hold “red” themed events to help raise funds. You could dress red, eat red or party to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Anything goes as long as it’s red!
If you would like to get involved with this cause and help beat heart disease, head to www.goredforwomen.org.au.