Tips to maintain a healthy heart

NOW: Tips to maintain a healthy heart

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind.-- The Go Red for Women luncheon is an annual tradition that brings the community together to help, educate, and advocate for women's heart health. This year it will be online due to the pandemic.

 “I think a lot of women will be online, watching programs, and having discussions that we had in a lot more detail focusing on women,” Dr. Wai Hung Lee, a cardiologist at Elkhart Clinic said. 

The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women initiative started as a campaign in 2004. It has since grown into a platform, providing women with resources to learn about heart health facts targeted towards women. For instance, cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in women, and that three million women in America have heart failure. 

“So, 50 percent of those women admitted to the hospital have had congestive heart failure, but the studies only a quarter are women,” Dr. Lee said. “So, when you do the studies, so we need a lot of women’s attention and involvement to get more information on them,” 

Dr. Lee said the best way to bring awareness to heart health and get people involved is to have a conversation about it. 

“If we’re going to live longer, one of the things we can work on is knowing the risk factors of cardiovascular disease are and working on those,” Dr. Lee said. 

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