Today, February 1, is National Wear Red Day, a day set aside to raise awareness that heart disease is the number-one killer of women in the United States. In fact, many people are surprised to learn that heart disease claims the lives of more women than breast cancer. More specifically, one in four American women will die of heart disease — but we can change that statistic. "Today we have the knowledge and tools to prevent heart attacks and strokes," explains Dr. Arthur Agatston, preventive cardiologist and author of the The South Beach Heart Health Revolution and The South Beach Diet Wake-Up Call.
"The first step toward preventing heart disease is to lead a healthy lifestyle," says Dr. Agatston. A healthy eating plan like the South Beach Diet — which emphasizes the right carbs and the right fats, along with 20 minutes of interval or core-strengthening exercises on alternate days of the week — can help reduce the risk of many conditions that contribute to heart disease, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and chronic inflammation. "We now know that inflammation, which is a revved-up response to the body's natural infection-fighting mechanism, is a key factor underlying heart disease," says Dr. Agatston. "By embracing wholesome eating and an active lifestyle, you'll be taking critical steps toward living a long and healthy life."
Support women's heart health today by wearing an article of red clothing, a red ribbon, or another red item. In addition to advocating for heart-health education, you can encourage the women in your life to lower their heart-disease risk by improving their eating habits, exercising more, quitting smoking, and scheduling regular doctor visits. At SouthBeachDiet.com, we hope you’ll do your part to help change the troubling statistics about women and heart disease.
For more information about Dr. Agatston's revolutionary, aggressive, prevention-oriented approach to cardiac care, order The South Beach Heart Health Revolution today or visit SouthBeachDiet.com/heart.