Friday was national Go Red for Women Day, which calls attention to heart disease among women.
Sen. Ron Stollings, D-Boone, took to the Senate floor to speak on the issue.
“It is indeed the No. 1 killer in women, but only 13 percent of women view heart disease as a health threat,” Stollings said. “There are several points I can make, but the bottomline is we’re bringing attention to cardiovascular disease in women.”
The American Heart Association released new guidelines February 6 that show six risk factors for stroke are only present in women. They include pregnancy, pregnancy-related high blood pressure, pregnancy-related diabetes,oral contraceptive use, post-menopausal hormone therapy use and changes in hormonal status, according to the website mothernaturenetwork.com.
“We’ve always known women who use oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy are at an increased risk, as well as the more traditional hypertension, tobacco use and high cholesterol,” Stollings said.
Stollings, who is a physician, suggested at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise each week and two days a week of muscular strengthening activity and encouraged women to avoid tobacco. He also said drinking two soft drinks per day could increase the risk of heart attack by 30 percent.