Today, I decided to support the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women/National Wear Red Day.

My reasons for doing so are simple: 1- Heart disease runs in my family, and 2- I’ve encountered a number of women who’ve been affected by heart conditions.

As a matter of fact, according to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease affects nearly 50% of all adult Americans!

Just a few months ago, one of my classmates underwent open heart surgery. There’s something about knowing someone close in age is affected by a heart condition that makes you take heart health more seriously.

Of course, it goes without saying that it’s best to prevent heart disease if possible.  So, education is important.  Knowing how your cholesterol plays into heart health as well as knowing the signs of heart attack, stroke, and cardiac arrest can actually save your life.

It is said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Click here for a list of articles and books containing information on preventing and reversing heart disease.