Senator Boxer:  Go Red for Women   

Tuesday, January 30, 2007  

Too few people realize that heart and cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of American women -- and men.  But the good news is that it can largely be prevented with simple changes in diet and lifestyle. On Friday, February 2, women and men across America will wear red as a reminder of these facts. 

Go Red For Women is designed to give women the knowledge and tools they need to reduce their risks of heart disease and stroke and protect their health.  Only about 13 percent of women identify heart and cardiovascular disease as their top health threat.

Below, I have provided a list of the most important facts about heart and cardiovascular disease.  I hope you will take a moment to review this list and that you will check out to learn more about heart disease and the ways you can protect yourself.

I also encourage you to be part of the Go Red For Women team on February 2, 2007.  By wearing red, you will help raise awareness about heart and cardiovascular disease.

Some Facts About Heart Disease from the American Heart Association:

- Only 13 percent of women view heart disease as a health threat, even though it’s women’s No. 1 killer.

- Cardiovascular disease (CVD) kills over 480,000 women a year, about one per minute.

- One in three adult females and males in the United States suffers from a form of CVD.

- CVD claims more lives than the next four most common causes of death combined.

- On average, an American dies of CVD every 35 seconds.

- Coronary heart disease is the No. 1 single killer of women over age 25.

- Sixty-four percent of women who died suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms.

- One in 2.6 female deaths are from CVD, compared with one in 30 from breast cancer.

- Heart disease rates in post-menopausal women are two to three times higher than in pre-menopausal women of the same age.

- Stroke is the No. 3 cause of death for American women and is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability.

- Stroke kills more women than men. In 2003, females represented 61 percent of stroke deaths.


Barbara Boxer, US Senator, California
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer