Every year since 1900 (except for 1918), cardiovascular disease has caused more deaths in the U.S. than any other cause.
The good news is that within the past 40 years, there has been a striking reduction in coronary heart disease deaths in men; the bad news is that reductions in women have lagged behind. Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease.
Among women, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. While one in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, one in three dies of heart disease. The fact is, heart disease kills about one woman every minute.
Perhaps the most startling statistic yet: 90 percent of women already have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. In order to combat this deadly and entirely too prevalent disease, Florida Hospital Volusia/Flagler has joined thousands of people across the nation in support of the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women Day on Friday, Feb. 7.
Community women are encouraged to be proactive in their own health and join Florida Hospital for any of the following events:
Women are invited to join Florida Hospital DeLand, 701 W. Plymouth Ave., for free heart disease screenings, a heart-healthy Q&A breakfast with hospital specialists, featuring the latest technologies in cardiac care and tours of the hospital's Cardiovascular Center from 7 to 9 a.m. To participate in the free lab screening, attendees must fast for six hours prior to the screenings. For reservations, call (386) 943-3151.
Women are invited to join Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, 1055 Saxon Blvd., Orange City, for free heart disease screenings, a heart-healthy breakfast and tours of the cardiac cath lab and sleep disorders center, as well as the cardiopulmonary, pharmacy, radiology and wellness departments from 7 to 9 a.m. In order to participate in the free lab screening, attendees must fast for eight to 12 hours prior to the screenings. For reservations, call (866) 328-6417.
Women are invited to join Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, 301 Memorial Medical Parkway, Daytona Beach, for free heart disease screenings, a heart-healthy breakfast and tours of the cardiac cath lab. Representatives from diabetes, rehabilitation, cardiopulmonary and women's services will be on hand to provide information on services offered. Tours and screening will take place from 7 to 9 a.m. In order to participate in the free lab screening, attendees must make a reservation. Fasting is required prior to the screening for eight to 12 hours. For reservations, call (386) 231-2229.