This is my crazy-busy time of year, with many back-to-back trips for speeches. I speak at Go Red for Women and women’s heart health events around the country, especially during Heart Month (February). I go for a couple of days, come home for 12-24 hours, and then leave again.
No matter how crazy it is though, protecting my health is my most important priority. I hope it is your priority, too. If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be here to take care of others. I want to be here for my family and friends, and for you, my friends in the atrial fibrillation community.
Since heart disease often goes hand-in-hand with atrial fibrillation, I thought you might want to know that tomorrow, February 6, is National Wear Red Day to raise awareness of heart disease.
When we think of heart disease, we often think of it as a man’s disease, but it’s an equal opportunity disease. Heart disease is the #1 killer of both men and women.
Most women are scared of breast cancer, as we should be, but overall heart disease and stroke together take ten times more women than breast cancer, and twice all cancers combined.
Thus, Wear Red Day is to raise awareness of heart disease for all of us. So on Friday, please wear something red to remind yourself, and others, to take care of yourself and your health.