Are you wearing red today?
Why, you ask? For your mother, grandmother, wife, daughter, sister, girlfriend – or any other woman in your life. That’s why.
And because today is National Wear Red Day. For more than 10 years, the American Heart Association has sponsored this day in an effort to raise awareness in the fight against heart disease in women.
Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the US. In fact, it’s more deadly than all forms of cancer combined, and is responsible for one out of every three deaths. This is an astonishing — and frightening — statistic. And it’s only the beginning.
- An estimated 43 million women in the US are affected by heart disease.
- Heart disease kills more women than men each year.
- 1 in 3 women die each year from heart disease compared with 1 in 31 from breast cancer.
- Yet, only 1 in 5 women believe heart disease in her greatest health threat.
The Impact on Your Term Life Insurance
Heart disease is a leading cause of rated and declined term life insurance applications. Life insurance companies weigh cardiovascular-related factors heavily when they consider you for coverage. Some of the factors they look closely at are:
- Medical history of heart disease
- Family history of heart disease
- Heart issues such as valve disorders
- History of stroke
- Cholesterol levels
- Cholesterol/HDL levels
- Triglyceride levels
- Blood pressure readings
Heart Disease and Term Life Insurance Resources
We’ve written dozens of articles and blog posts about heart disease and how it affects your life insurance policy. We’ve even taken a fun look at some things you might not know about the heart. Take a look at a few of them to learn how you can buy a policy and possibly save some money in the process!
Sources: goredforwomen.org, American Heart Association
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