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Bozeman Deaconess to Turn Red for a Healthy Heart Awareness

January 30, 2013

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., triggering nearly one in every three deaths.

More than two million Americans suffer a heart attack or stroke every year.

As of 2012, 39% of men and 37% of women ages 40-59 in the U.S. have cardiovascular disease.

Risk factors for heart disease and stroke also contribute to developing dementia, Alzheimers disease and memory loss.

These shocking facts from the American Heart Association are reasons why Bozeman Deaconess Health Services is Turning Red on Friday, February 1, in support of American Heart Month and Go Red for Women.

The hospital entrance will be bathed in red light February 1 through February 10, as part of a nationwide effort to raise awareness about heart disease, particularly in women, and how to prevent it. Also known as cardiovascular disease, it includes heart attack, irregular heartbeat, cardiomyopathy (disease of the heart muscle) and heart failure, where the heart muscle cannot pump enough blood.

The good news is that for many of us, heart disease is preventable if we work to lower our risks. Adopting heart-healthy habits such as participating in physical activities, reaching a healthy weight and quitting smoking can improve heart health by as much as 80%. There are a range of factors that can raise the risk of heart disease and stroke, including high cholesterol and blood pressure, diabetes, stress, birth control pills, and drinking too much alcohol or using illegal drugs. You should discuss any of these conditions with your primary care physician.
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