On March 8th, the Heart and Stroke foundation held an event called “The Heart Truth – Red Dress Walk” where many well-known celebrities walked the runway decked out in red for this worthy cause!
I had the chance to get behind the scenes and see all the work that went into making this event spectacular. The volunteers and those involved were on point and made the everything flow effortlessly. Kudos to you all!
The stars came out to share their stories and show their support as they strutted their stuff in designer gowns. With names like Jully Black, Jessica Steen, Jessi Cruickshank, Shannon Tweed-Simmons, Gene Simmons and countless others, this event was a great success!
Heart disease, heart attacks and strokes are serious matters for all people especially women. Statistics show for over a decade it has become the number one killer for women and a leading health threat to Canadians – both women and men alike. Heart disease and stroke takes the lives of 1 in 3 Canadians.
According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, in Canada, strokes kill 32 per cent more women than men. And women are 16 per cent more likely than men to die after a heart attack.
Risk factors include high-blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, high cholesterol, and a family history of heart disease.
We all need to be more aware of our health, especially as we mature. The best defense is knowledge. When you know the signs to look out for, you’re ahead of the game. When you know how to prevent these signs from happening, you are in charge of your life.
Often times I hear people say ‘I don’t feel right’ or ‘I’ve had a headache for days’. Please listen to your body. It may not be able to speak but it is still communicating to you that something is up. Take heed to the signs, as you know when something doesn’t feel ‘normal’. I often go to Google when I have a question but remember not to take what is on “Google” as the final answer and please do not self-diagnose yourself in any way.
Be inquisitive, find out why you’re feeling ‘off’ and investigate what your body is telling you. I would rather hear
“We found the issue and it’s a good thing you came in.”
“If you had only come in sooner, we would have been able to have prevent this, but now we must operate.”
The Heart and Stroke foundation has a campaign where they say ‘Make Death Wait’. We all know that death is the only thing that is certain in life, but we can delay it if we take care of our health and make wise choices.
Don’t wait until you’re sick to say ‘I wish I took better care of myself’. Do it now while you feel well and encourage others to do the same!
For more information about heart health – please visit: www.heartandstroke.ca