CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Listen up, ladies. February is deserving of our attention.
It is Go Red for Women month, sponsored by the American Heart Association. This marks the 10th year of the movement to save women's lives from heart disease. There has been significant progress, but we still have a long way to go.
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While we are just beginning to scratch the surface of why women are such a target of heart disease, it raises the question: Do you know where you stand with this killer?
What's on your radar?
Recently at a social event, I listened to a group of women having a serious discussion on home safety. It seems as though gun violence and home invasions have placed families on high alert lately. They spoke passionately about how they were making preparations in case such a terrifying situation ever presented itself.
Following the conversation, complete with details of gun purchases, sophisticated evacuation plans, gun safety classes, and a dedication of funds toward beefed-up home security, I drove home admiring their commitment to protecting their loved one's lives.
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This led me to look into the likelihood of a home invasion, and I was somewhat relieved when it produced words like "unlikely" and "uncommon." Then it struck me. The chance of a family losing their mother to heart disease was just the opposite.
In fact, heart disease poses the No. 1 risk of death for women in the United States, killing nearly half a million women each year. It is also the leading cause of disability as two-thirds fail to make a full recovery.