February is American Heart Month
Every year, 600,000 Americans die from heart disease, becoming the number one killer among women and men.
Heart disease is known as the “Silent Killer” because of its practically nonexistent symptoms, and many organizations have invested massive research to preventing heart disease.
In honor of American Heart Month, we would like to highlight one movement that has made tremendous strides in the fight against heart disease, saving 330 women’s lives every day—National Wear Red Day.
Wear Red on Feb. 7, 2014
This outstanding movement was launched by the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women in 2003, raising awareness of the Silent Killer.
On the first Friday each February, “we encourage everyone to wear red, raise their voices, know their cardiovascular risk and take action to live longer, healthier lives.” Ever since 2003, National Wear Red Day has changed the lives of many women:
- 34% fewer women die from heart disease
- 23% more Americans now realize heart disease is the number 1 killer
- 15% have quit smoking
- More women are taking ownership of their health
Silent Killer, meet the Silent Disease
There are many factors that could contribute to heart disease. However, did you know your oral health is just as much of a factor? Poor oral health leads to periodontal (gum) disease—also known as the Silent Disease because of its absent symptoms. Studies reveal untreated periodontal disease increases your risk of heart disease.
Whether you are a National Wear Red Day advocate or are a high risk of heart disease, examine your dental health. Excellent oral health is the right step towards a healthy smile and heart. Get started by scheduling your comprehensive exam with your dentist in Elgin today!
Share with us: Are you celebrating National Wear Red Day? Has heart disease made an impact on you and your family?