Why We Wear Red
January 30, 2013
Raising awareness for heart disease in women
Heart disease is still the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S. – not breast cancer, not cervical cancer, not lung cancer – not even all cancers combined lead to more deaths than heart disease. Yet many women still believe it to be a "man's disease."
In 2003, the American Heart Association faced a challenge – cardiovascular disease claimed the lives of nearly 500,000 American women. But women were not paying attention.
So, the American Heart Association, along with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute created National Wear Red Day ® to raise awareness of this critical issue. Each year, on the first Friday in February, millions of women and men come together to wear red, take action and commit to fighting this deadly disease.
Since the first National Wear Red Day 10 years ago, amazing strides have been made in the fight against heart disease in women, including:
- 21% fewer women dying from heart disease
- 23% more women aware that it's their No. 1 health threat
- Publishing of gender-specific results, established differences in symptoms and responses to medications and women-specific guidelines for prevention and treatment
- Legislation to help end gender disparities
Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of women still die each year from heart disease. But there are things you can do to help prevent it. Controlling risk factors like high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes and smoking can greatly reduce the likelihood of developing heart disease. Reducing your heart disease risk is not easy. It takes hard work and dedication to eliminate habits and diet patterns that increase your chance of developing heart disease.
On Friday, February 1, join the millions of women and men around the country who will be wearing red and making a commitment to fight heart disease.
Determine your risk, take our Online Heart Disease Risk Assessment.
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