Friday, February 4, 2011

Friday Defiance

Say what?

Not this ol mama.
Today?
I'm sporting my red cowboy boots.

Why do Go Red For Women and other red dress campaigns target women instead of men and women?

In the past, heart disease and heart attack have been predominantly associated with men. Historically, men have been the subjects of the research done to understand heart disease and stroke, which has been the basis for treatment guidelines and programs. This led to an oversimplified, distorted view of heart disease and risk, which has worked to the detriment of women.


Because women have been largely ignored as a specific group, their awareness of their risk of this often-preventable disease has suffered. Only 55 percent of women realize heart disease is their No. 1 killer and less than half know what are considered healthy levels for cardiovascular risk factors like blood pressure and cholesterol. The Go Red For Women movement works to make sure women know they are at risk so they can take action to protect their health.


23 comments:

In the Heart of Happy said...

It's something we all must think more of...

thanks for reminding me today.

Jill of All Trades said...

I work at it everyday with my diet and exercise. Won't be a statistic like my best friend was.

Sally said...

I'm going RED today also! And, something I read the other day that may or may not be of interest to your readers: If a person is lying down with signs of a heart attack, get them to sit up. Also, Bayer is coming out (or maybe already has) with "crystalized" aspirin, anyone who may know they are at a risk for heart attack should keep two of these easily accessible as it seems the two get into the blood stream faster than nitro.

P.S. I do not wear those kind of shoes when my girls are present. :)

Paxie said...

Yes mam. I posted on FB already and I have on a red pajama top!! I'll wear it all day LOL

w00t!

LL Cool Joe said...

So heart disease is a bigger killer than breast cancer?? I had no idea.

Rural Rambler said...

Yes! I am a Go Red For Women Supporter! I WILL be wearing RED today. Also will be wearing my Go Red bracelet. I have a Red Dress pin on the small purse I carry and have a Go Red badge and link on my blog's sidebar. I am the proud owner of a cardiac stent, thank Heaven for them.

Daryl said...

BIG push at hospital last night .. I have on red undies .. ;-)

Drama Queen said...

I'm on call today with the American RED Cross, so I'm wearing my RED vest! :)

Good info - good to know - thanks!

Caution Flag said...

So I shouldn't have just eaten that bacon, I suppose.

Decadent Housewife said...

Veggie girl here...wear and see red all the time.
Wasn't aware of this campaign.
Excellent idea.

winetipper said...

Only when they are high-button shoes. Then you know the lady is at least 105.

TSannie said...

I, of course, missed the GO RED memo. Well, there are red parrots on my socks...does that count?

It's a great cause!

Laura~peach~ said...

yes mpm you do know your babies lol...and yes i made the cornbread fritter syle of course... and yes to red and yes men should be targeted too!

Keetha said...

I aim to eat right - focusing on good health and feeling good is a great motivator.

Also the opportunity to wear some kickass red boots.

Snooty Primadona said...

It's so true! Women have completely different symptoms than men do, often seeming like they have nothing to do with the heart. Back pain, neck pain, headache, etc.

Well, I wish I had a fancy pair of red cowgirl boots but think I'll have to stick with my red sweater, LOL!

Grandmother said...

Thanks for the info. We're a no meat, lots of veggies, fruits and complex carbs couple, and I run three times a week. I'm doing all I can to maintain heart health.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

I didn't get the memo either, so thanks for sharing.

Let's see a picture of you in those red cowboy boots! Hey, they'd match the crab hat perfectly!

jojo said...

great reminder...thanks from a grateful heart attack survivor..;j

Country Girl said...

Good for you and your red cowboy boots. Miss you.

Ellen said...

Didn't wear red yesterday, well except for my red face at physical therapy.

As for shoes, well, sneakers work for me. And I think they are ageless.

Deb said...

well...some days I wear granny shoes and other days I have my Sex in the City shoes...what does that say about me?

Jayne said...

MPM - I came here by way of Hillary (and you also happen to know my sister-in-law @ Delora in Espana). I was shocked when I first heard this statistic some time ago.
It's good that you are continuing to get the word out... so important.
And red cowboy boots... that's a statement. Love it.
Wearning my red tonight. ;)

Sandra said...

Good for you for bringing this to light. It is such a hard reality to accept, yet it is so very true.