DALLAS, TX---According to the American Heart Association (AHA), heart disease is the "Silent Killer" because it often has no noticeable symptoms.
In 2003, research revealed that heart disease was the leading cause of death for women. To save lives and raise awareness of this serious issue, the AHA launched Go Red For Women. National Wear Red Day® --- the first Friday each February --- is a special time to bring attention to heart disease in women and to encourage people to take action to live longer, healthier lives.
Dozens of residents and employees of Highland Springs, the Erickson Living retirement community, did their part on February 7th to support National Wear Red Day®. They donned their red shirts and sweaters to commemorate the occasion.
Dr. Mary Norman is Vice President and Regional Medical Director at Highland Springs. A resident of Plano, she has practiced geriatric medicine in the Dallas-area since 2002.
"I applaud the American Heart Association for its Go Red for Women campaign," stated Dr. Norman. "Since its inception in 2003, more women than ever are taking ownership of their lifestyles to develop better health and wellness habits, resulting in less heart disease-related deaths."
Dr. Norman offers her top five heart health tips that can be used by women and men:
• Exercise daily. Everything counts, including walking and a fitness regimen
• Know you numbers. Visit your physician or health care practitioner for regular blood pressure and cholesterol screenings. Knowledge is power!
• Enjoy a healthy diet: A diet rich in fruits and vegetables and LOW in saturated fat is ideal.
• Strive for life balance: Reduce stress in your life and get a good night's sleep every night.
• Say "no" to the known predators. Avoid tobacco products at all costs; drink alcohol in moderation, if at all.
[caption id="attachment_100059" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Residents and employees of Highland Springs, the Erickson Living retirement community, make the heart sign on February 7th to commemorate National Wear Red Day®. (Photo courtesy of Dick Manassa)[/caption]
About Highland Springs: Highland Springs is one of seventeen continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living. Located in North Dallas, Texas, the scenic 89-acre campus is home to more than 650 residents. Highland Springs is the ideal greater Dallas retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure.