“I’m young, I don’t have to worry about THAT!” – “Breast cancer is the real deal, that’s the only thing killing us right now.” “I’m more worried about my dad/husband. That’s not a women’s disease”… Chances are you have said, or heard another woman say these things. They are WRONG, and it could cost you your life!
Heart disease is a killer that strikes more women than men, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. While one in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, heart disease is the cause of one out of every three deaths. That’s roughly one death each minute!
Because of these facts, I KNEW I had to do something to help keep spreading the word and educating my community… So for the past 90 days, I have been following my pledge to the “Going For Zero” campaign, an amazing initiative created by Omron to create awareness around our heart health, so there are zero heart attacks and strokes.
Even though my 90 days are up, I want to keep doing everything I learned with the campaign and I WANT YOU to Join me!
Latinas & Heart Disease
One of the things that motivated me the most is the common belief among the women in my culture that heart disease is “a man’s thing”. It’s so culturally ingrained in our brains that we are the caregivers, the nourishers, that we almost always take care of everybody in our family before we start thinking about our own health.
Many Hispanic women have said that they more likely to take preventative action for their families when it comes to heart health. However, they end up completely ignoring their own health in the process, and these acts of selflessness can become deadly… Craaaazy, right???!!!
Here are some stats:
- On average, Hispanic women are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than non-Hispanics.
- Only 1 in 3 Hispanic women are aware that heart disease is their No. 1 killer.
- Many are unaware that 80 percent of all cardiac events, such as heart attacks, can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.
Know Your Numbers
Through my experience as a holistic nutrition & wellness coach, I’ve learned the importance of being vigilant about our health. High blood pressure (hypertension) can easily go undetected—especially if you’re young and appear healthy. One way to help reduce your risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease is to have your blood pressure checked regularly, keeping the results for your own records. This should be a lifelong practice and it is never too early to start.
So get yourself an Omron EVOLV, join me in the pledge and start tracking your numbers… it can very well save your life! Use the data you gather as a baseline, your compass that guides you in making important health and wellness decisions in the future. Knowing your health status now can help you identify the changes (even small ones) you need to make to reduce the risk of facing a stroke and heart disease in the future.
Hope these series has helped to open your eyes and be more mindful of your heart health. I know it did it for me!
* This post was done in collaboration with Omron Healthcare. As usual, all opinions are my own! #Omron #OmronHealthcare #GoingForZero #EVOLV
* * HEALTHCARE DISCLAIMER: This post and its information do not constitute the practice of medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always talk to your healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment, including your specific medical needs.
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