I have a personal reason for covering Go Red for Women every year in my blog. I'm really invested in this program not only for myself but for my daughter. My husband has lost 3 of his Aunts and a cousin from sudden heart attack and his mother had quadruple bi-pass surgery for blockages in her heart. In my own family women in my family have struggled with high cholesterol, high blood pressure and angina due (pain in the chest). The statistics are clear; heart disease is the number 1 killer of women!
According to the American Heart Association's (AHA) "Go Red for Women" heart disease causes 1 in 3 deaths per year among women. That is approximately ONE DEATH EVERY MINUTE! Yes that many! https://www.goredforwomen.org/home/about-heart-disease-in-women/facts-about-heart-disease/ Its extremely important that women get the facts about how heart disease affects us because our signs and symptoms are different then those of men. According to the AHA, the symptoms include.
Yes, my daughter is a greater risk for heart disease because heart attack runs in the family but that does not mean we sit by and do nothing. My husband, Tom, is a personal trainer and is helping us control weight, diet, and a low impact exercise program so we can be fit for LIFE not just to "fit" into that swim suit. Here are somethings you can do to prevent heart attack and stroke in your life https://www.goredforwomen.org/home/live-healthy/prevent-heart-disease/. Women have a lot of issues we need to care for every year most of those things are common sense. Knowing and controlling your risk factors for heart disease along with knowing the signs, kept 300 women PER DAY from dying due to heart attack. Staggering. I know I sound like a zealot but even healthy women who do yoga and run marathons die from sudden heart attack due to things like high cholesterol!
What does this have to do with knitting and crocheting? Good question! There are 2 ways to use your knitting and crocheting skills to raise awareness of heart disease and heart defects. 1. Participate in the Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign. This is a wonderful program where knitters and crocheters have the opportunity to make little hats out of bright red yarn for the purpose of raising awareness of congenital heart defects and women's heart heath issues. Find a participating hospital here: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Affiliate/Little-Hats-Big-Hearts_UCM_470829_SubHomePage.jsp Imagine my excitement when I found a collection point in Syracuse (my hometown), Albany, and Rochester!
2. Wear red/ share red! The "Underground Crafter" created this round up of red patterns for us to wear and share with other women.
Thank you for reading today's blog post and PLEASE... take care of yourself. Its so important.
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