National Wear Red Day, on the first Friday in February, is an annual campaign to raise awareness about heart disease in women.

The national campaign urges women to learn their risk for heart disease and to take steps to lower their risk. What increases a woman’s chances of heart disease?

  • Smoking
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Family history
  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s
  • Complications during pregnancy
  • Menopause

Here is what you need to do so that you can reduce the risk of heart disease:

  • Quit smoking. Ask for help if you need it. Your GP has many tools at her side to make quitting a success
  • Change your lifestyle. Become more active and improve your eating habits. This will help with many risk factors including stress, family history, and other health conditions
  • Get routine physical exams
  • Reduce stress – this could be due to money worries; family or relationship issues; work overload to name but a few. If it is money worries, Thamesbank is here for you. We have a wide range of loans and savings to choose from that can cater for your financial needs