Today, February 3rd is National Wear Red Day – a day to be mindful of the effect heart disease and stroke has on women in this country. The terrifying statistic is that heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women every year.
Join with Vitra Health in honoring the American Heart Association with their “National Wear Red Day” campaign to raise awareness and bring us together in support of preventing heart disease and stroke among women.
Although these concerns are common among all Americans, different risk factors apply specifically to women. Here are some examples:
Although it has been proven that estrogen ultimately lowers the risk of heart disease and stroke, sudden drops in this hormone due to hormonal imbalances, treatments, and menopause can, overall, increase the risk of these things.
Pregnancy is a factor that must be considered when assessing the likelihood of heart disease and stroke among women because conditions such as pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, or a preexisting vascular concern that is exacerbated by pregnancy may all become risk factors.
Although side effects of contraceptives have been widely considered for decades and developers have been working on improving medication, oral contraceptives are still linked to a rise in blood pressure and blood clots. Older women and women who smoke are at a greater risk for these things in conjunction with birth control.
Vitra Health supports those who struggle with heart disease and stroke with a program funded through MassHealth that provides the financial assistance of a twice-monthly stipend and the support of a Care Team including a Registered Nurse and a Care Manager to those caring for loved ones. To learn more about how you can apply for this program and further support the ones you love, visit our website at www.vitrahealth.com or give us a call at 508-297-2022.