Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. In fact, heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds.

National Wear Red Day is tomorrow. Everyone is encouraged to wear red to bring awareness to this cause.

Some risk factors cannot be controlled such as age, gender, Family health, race and previous stroke or heart attacks, but others can be managed. Because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented, awareness of heart heath is important.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, women can lower their chance of heart disease and a heart attack by taking these simple steps.

Eat a healthy diet with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products. Choose foods low in saturated fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium) and added sugars.

Exercise regularly. Adults need 2 hours and 30 minutes (or 150 minutes total) of exercise each week. Women can spread activity out during the week, and can break it up into smaller chunks of time during the day.

Be smokefree. Fort Bragg offers both behavioral and pharmacologic support. Call the primary care clinic or 907-WELL option 4 for Tobacco Free Living information.

Limit alcohol use, which can lead to long-term health problems, including heart disease and cancer. If choosing to drink, do so in moderation, which is no more than one drink a day for women. Do not drink at all if pregnant.

Know Family history. There may be factors that could increase risk for heart disease and stroke.

Manage any medical conditions. Learn the ABCs of heart health. Keep them in mind every day and especially when talking to a health provider:

Appropriate aspirin therapy for those who need it

Blood pressure control

Cholesterol management

Smoking cessation

So schedule a Well-Woman Visit, which is a prevention check-up to review a womanís overall health and donít forget to make heart health a priority.