Most of us have seen the cute little Red Dress® pins floating around. Maybe, you even own one. If you have to own one dress this romance season, forget the standard little black cocktail dress and get one of those sexy little red numbers. All of us need a sexy little red dress.
Why? Because red is the symbol of life and vitality and we are vital, beautiful, sexy women. The little Red Dress is also a symbol for The Heart Truth® campaign. Sponsored by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (along with partner organizations), The Heart Truth is a national campaign that began in 2002 to raise awareness of women's risk of heart disease.
That sexy little Red Dress is all about saving the lives of women by raising our awareness to our risk of heart disease so that we’ll get up off the couch and take action. Heart disease is still one of the most preventable diseases. If we can prevent it, why aren’t we taking action?
Many women hear the warning but do not take action because they feel that this is a man’s disease. While this may have been true in the past, the world has changed and if we want to live, our perception regarding heart disease needs to change as well. The truth is that heart disease is no longer just for men. One in four women die each year of heart related disease compared to one in thirty from breast cancer. Pay attention sisters- heart disease in women is serious!
Some women may feel that they are still too young to worry about heart disease. This misconception may actually cost many women their health or even their lives because nothing could be father from the truth. The real facts about women and heart disease are that women as young as their teens may have risk factors for heart disease. According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), 80% of all women between 40 – 60 years have at least one heart disease risk factor.
The NHLBI found the following in women 18 years or older:
• Current smoker - 17.3%
• Overweight – 51.6%
• High blood pressure (hypertension) – 27%
• High cholesterol – 35%
• Limited physical activity – 53%