Your Heart is in Your Hands

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Your Heart is in Your Hands

Article by Go Red For Women via www.goredforwomen.orgWoman with Paper Heart in Her Hands

According to the Go Red for Women movement and the American Heart Association: “Your heart is in your hands. Heart disease and stroke are largely preventable if you work to lower your risks. It’s important to know that there are a range of factors that can raise your risk of heart disease and stroke. The more risk factors you have, the greater your chances of developing heart disease and having a heart attack or stroke.”



Risk Factors You Can Control or Treat

These risk factors can be controlled or treated with help from your healthcare professional. You can modify others by changing your lifestyle.

  • Cholesterol
  • Blood Pressure
  • Smoking
  • Physical Activity
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Birth Control Pills
  • Alcohol & Illegal Drugs


Risk Factors You Can’t Control

Unfortunately, there are a number of factors such as age, family history and race, that you can’t control. That’s why it’s so important to understand all of your risk factors, discuss them with your healthcare professional, and address the risk factors that you can control or treat.

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Heredity and Race
  • Stroke

You can find more information about how to lower these risk factors at


The American Heart Association is a partner for the Start R.I.G.H.T. Challenge. To get involved with Go Red For Women and the American Heart Association on a local level, visit the Facebook Page of the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association, Inland Empire.