Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Life You Save May Be Your Own: 'Go Red' and Learn About the No. 1 Killer of Women

The TWU Libraries are proud to join the American Heart Association and concerned companies and organizations across America in the fight against heart disease--the #1 killer of women in the U.S., as well as of men--by participating in National Wear Red Day this Friday, February 3rd.

Please join in the fight against this deadly disease--and educate yourself about ways to prevent it--by:

--Wearing red this Friday, February 3rd;
--Viewing Go Red For Women and related materials on display in the first-floor lobby of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus;
--Joining us on the front steps of the Blagg-Huey Library at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 3rd to be a part of the library's 2012 Wear Red Day photo;
--Visiting the Women's Collection display case on the 2nd floor of the Blagg-Huey Library (look for the red flapper dress!) for interesting facts about heart disease in women;
--Visiting the TWU Houston Center w
ebpage for details on Wear Red Day activities on the Houston campus;
--Perusing the Selected Bibliography of Women and Heart Disease compiled by Reference Librarian Jimmie Lyn Harris;
--Using TWUniversal Search to locate additional TWU resources on women's health and heart disease; and
--Visiting the American Heart Association and Go Red For Women websites to learn about the Go Red For Women movement, their goal, ways to spread the word--and most importantly by far, to learn the signs of a heart attack and ways to reduce your risk of heart disease. A "don't miss": Just a Little Heart Attack, a short film by actress Elizabeth Banks.

Although many people tend to think of heart disease as a man's problem, women can and do get heart disease--in huge numbers. In fact, heart disease--as well as being the number one killer of women in the United States--is a leading cause of disability among them.

If you are an American woman, there is a 1 in 4 chance that you will die of this often-preventable disease--and over a 60% chance that if you suffer a heart attack, you will never make a full recovery. These are scary statistics, but the good news is that there are many ways to reduce your risk of ending up on the wrong end of them.

The older a woman gets, the more likely she is to get heart disease--but whatever your age, the time to take preventive action is now.

Go Red.

--Sandy Cochran

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