Gospel singer Cece Winans on Friday shared to her Instagram that she had joined forces with #goredforwomen to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and save lives. She said; ” I hope you’ll join with #GoRedForWomen in the fight against the No. 1 killer of women.” The gospel singer recently took home two Grammy’s for her album Let them fall in love, congratulation are in order. Winans has called for all who can to support the cause, make a difference and help raise awareness.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) generally refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain (angina) or stroke. Other heart conditions, such as those that affect your heart’s muscle, valves or rhythm, also are considered forms of heart disease.
CVD is usually associated with a build-up of fatty deposits inside the arteries – known as atherosclerosis
Atherosclerosis is a potentially serious condition where arteries become clogged with fatty substances called plaques, or atheroma.
These plaques cause the arteries to harden and narrow, restricting the blood flow and oxygen supply to vital organs, and increasing the risk of blood clots that could potentially block the flow of blood to the heart or brain. It can also be associated with damage to arteries in organs such as the brain, heart, kidneys and eyes.
CVD is one of the main causes of death in women, but it can often largely be prevented with a healthy lifestyle.
I’m wearing red today to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and save lives! I hope you’ll join with #GoRedForWomen in the fight against the No. 1 killer of women. #WearRedandGive https://t.co/cBA0Hei5FX pic.twitter.com/XwlD5a4Ka5
— CeCe Winans (@cecewinans) February 2, 2018
5 Tips for Avoiding Cardiovascular Disease
- Keep your A (A1C), B (Blood pressure), Cs (Cholesterol) in check. …
- Ask your doctor about taking aspirin every day. …
- Be physically active and maintain a healthy body weight. …
- Eat wisely. …
- Do not smoke, and if you do smoke, quit.
If you have a particularly high risk of developing CVD, see your Doctor who may recommend taking medication to reduce your risk.
Medications that may be recommended include statins to lower blood cholesterol levels, low-dose aspirin to prevent blood clots and tablets to reduce blood pressure.
Image Credit: Cece Winans Instagram