Women and Heart Disease

Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s national campaign to help women learn to care for their hearts, make their lifestyles heart-healthy and ultimately lower the incidence of heart disease.

Did you know that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in Detroit and Michigan? Many women don’t take the time to care for their heart, even though more than one woman in three has some form of heart disease. It goes without saying that men also need to assess their lifestyles for heart health. Take a moment to review the following risk factors and do a brief self-assessment:

• Cholesterol levels
• Blood pressure
• Smoking
• Physical activity
• Obesity
• Diabetes
• Stress
• Alcohol
• Family history

How many of these risk factors do you have? How many can you do something about? For example, take a half-hour walk every day – the benefits from something so simple will surprise you.

If you’re not sure about your risks or have other heart concerns the Internal Medicine, Family Medicine Physicians in the Providence Medical Group will be glad to assist you. With offices from Warren to Brighton, there is a Primary Care Physician near you.