Men and women both have heart attacks. Funny thing is, most people think that heart disease is an older guy's disease. An an older guy who's recently had a heart attack, I am secure in the fact that guys have heart disease. Most of my colleagues in the cardiac rehab program are men. But there's also Brenda from the post office who had heart surgery earlier in the year and Paula, a heart patient who taught high school kids for 30 years. I was also surprised to find that, of the many nurses who lead us through our paces in rehab, many have been heart patients. One has a pacemaker, another has had four heart operations, and yet another has two stents. They are heart patients looking after heart patients. What could be better than that?
Friday marks the tenth anniversary of the American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" Day. People will be wearing red to mark the fact that more than 500,000 women die each year from heart disease, making it the number one killer among women.
Wear red tomorrow. I am. Do it for the women you love.