The month of love is just around the corner and it's difficult to avoid all the Valentine's Day heart-themed imagery surrounding us. Cards, chocolates, flowers and champagne, as well as clothes, are cropping up everywhere festooned in reds, pinks and a myriad of hearts. That's why Velvet Heart is here to talk to you about something truly important - YOUR heart.
February is National Heart Health month and it's more important than you might think. In recognition of the need for more awareness about women's heart disease we, at Velvet Heart, are helping to raise money for coronary research. When you shop our Love Your Heart collection, we'll be donating a percentage from each sale to the American Heart Association. Shop our store to help us in our efforts to make a difference!
Meanwhile, learn more about how you can support the fight against heart disease here!
Some Heart Pounding Statistics:
Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States? One in three women will die of heart disease every year! You might think you're not at risk because you're young and you feel healthy, but that's not necessarily true. Over the last two decades, heart attacks in women ages 35-54 have risen from 21% to 31% and doctors are worried. Even more problematic, the signs of a heart attack for women aren't as discernible as they are in men.
While many people know about chest pain and pressure, do you also know that pain in different parts of your upper body, lightheadedness, cold sweats, fatigue, nausea and shortness of breath could signal a heart attack? Diabetes, obesity, an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise and excessive alcohol consumption could all be contributing to heart disease. What do you plan to do about it?
You only have one heart, so take care of it! Take these seven steps to get started:
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Eat a balanced diet
- Create an exercise regime
- Manage your blood pressure
- Stop smoking and reduce alcohol consumption
- Reduce your blood sugar
- Track your cholesterol
Changing just one of these factors during women's heart month can make a major difference to your overall health, so start now. It's never too late.
Other Ways to Help:
Raising awareness is an important part of this National Heart Health month. Join us in wearing red on Friday, February 3, 2023 for Go Red for Women to help bring awareness to women's heart health. At Velvet Heart, we'll be sporting red and posting throughout the day to share our commitment and support in the fight against women's heart disease. Wear red and tag us on Instagram @velvetheartclothing to help spread the word!
You don't have red or pink clothing to wear? Shop our Love Your Heart collection to find the perfect piece - or go to our Red selection or Pink selection. You're sure to find something that you'll love ... and help support a good cause at the same time!