According to the Centers for Disease Control(CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, killing 289,758 women in 2013—about 1 in every 4 female deaths. However, “despite increases in awareness over the past decade, only 54% of women recognize that heart disease is their number 1 killer.”
The CDC’s Women and Heart Disease Fact Sheet provides critical information that many may not know. For example, “although heart disease is sometimes thought of as a ‘man’s disease,’ around the same number of women and men die each year of heart disease in the U.S.”
The American Heart Association (AHA) has developed a Go Red campaign to help women become educated about heart disease. The Go Red website includes information about knowing one’s risk, what signs to look for, living with heart disease, what research is being done, as well as personal stories and tips for healthy living (which everyone can benefit from).
It’s clear that awareness can save lives.
The AHA provides a number of ways to get involved to spread awareness, from charity walks to luncheons held around the country. They also have a STEM Goes Red program for high school girls, for which people can become a mentor, funder, or general supporter.
Murj is focused on empowering clinicians to help their cardiology patients lead healthier lives. Murj’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED) data management platform is transforming the quality of care for all CIED patients – female and male alike.