By: Karen Yontz Center Staff
Ah, the 1980s. It was quite the time to be a kid. MTV began and we were able to see our favorite singers like Madonna, Prince, Michael Jackson and Cyndi Lauper on TV. We played videogames like Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Frogger when we weren’t playing with our Cabbage Patch Kids, CareBears, and Smurfs. We did untold damage to our hair with crimping irons, perms, and AquaNet and will never be allowed to live down our unfortunate fashion choices like acid-washed jeans, popped collars, and fingerless lace gloves. We chowed down on Jelly Belly’s, Reese’s Pieces and Sour Patch Kids while watching “The A-Team” and “Who’s the Boss?”. We had no idea that heart health history was happening right at that moment.
In 1984, heart disease killed more women than men for the very first time. This trend has remained the same every year since. That means that for 35 years, more women than men have been dying of a disease that is incredibly preventable. Even worse, the last decade has seen a steady increase in death among women younger women ages 35-44. That’s right—those of you who were reminiscing about your childhood in the 1980s are facing an important truth right now. It’s time to reverse the trend of women dying of heart disease, staring with all of you 1980s ladies.
It does seem like a daunting task—trying to reverse a trend that’s been going strong for 35 years. Start by knowing your risk factors for heart disease. Talk with your health care professional about your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and other risk factors you may have for heart disease and formulate a plan for managing these risk factors. Do a self-evaluation of your lifestyle. Are you eating a heart-healthy? Do you exercise regularly? Are you making sure to make time for fun? For relaxation? For self-care? Are there areas where you can make changes or improvements? Finally, educate yourself on how you can best care for your heart and also on the warning signs for heart attack as they can be different for women compared to men. A good place to start is by visiting The Karen Yontz Center.
On Friday, February 1, 2019, The Karen Yontz Center will be holding its 22nd annual Go Red Open House. This year, our theme is “Reverse the Trend of Women’s Heart Disease” in honor of the 35th anniversary of this dubious statistic. We will be having a 1980s theme party celebrating all of the trends we are glad stayed behind in the 1980s (see the aforementioned big, crispy hair) and the one we hope to change. All are welcome to join us between 10:00AM and 2:00PM for games, trivia, giveaways, treats, and above all, a good time. Bring a friend and find out how The Karen Yontz Center can help all of you 1980s ladies reverse the trend of women, especially young women, dying from heart disease. We hope to see you all there!