By Cassandra Harris
Members of our DHEC Midlands team went red this month in a stand against heart disease in women. Responsible for over 23,000 hospitalizations for women in South Carolina in 2013, with total costs reaching more than $1.2 billion, heart disease is an issue we can’t afford to lose.
Killing 4,351 women in the Palmetto State during 2013, heart disease is the second leading cause of death for all women in our state and the leading killer for African-American women. In 2013 alone, 1,216 African-American women died from the disease in South Carolina.
Many people who are at high risk for heart disease don’t know it. By understanding and working to control certain risk factors you can help prevent this disease. Heart yourself, learn the ABC’S to a healthy heart:
- Appropriate Aspirin therapy
- Blood pressure control
- Cholesterol control
- And Smoking cessation.
In addition to learning your ABC’S, taking steps toward living a healthier lifestyle, like eating healthy and exercising regularly, can help protect your heart health and keep your mind and body active. Make a commitment to change today and prevent heart disease tomorrow.
For more information about women and heart disease in South Carolina, go to http://go.usa.gov/3ct6h.