National Wear Red Day

In 2002, the first Friday of every February is National Wear Red Day and designated as American Heart Month by the American Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.  By wearing red you raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and save lives.  Since it has started, a third of women in the U.S. have lost weight and half of them are now more physically active.

Heart Disease is the number one killer of women. Women are encouraged to find out their five most important health numbers:

  • Total cholesterol
  • HDL cholesterol
  • Blood Sugar
  • Blood Pressure
  • BMI (body mass index)

Knowing these numbers can help you know your risks for developing heart disease and where you can start to prevent it.  In addition to knowing the five numbers mentioned above, you can stop smoking, lose weight, exercise, and eat healthy.

Here are some heart disease facts taken from Holidays Calendar

  • Heart disease kills one woman every 80 seconds.
  • Every year 30% of the deaths among women in the U.S. are caused by heart attacks and stroke
  • 64% of women who die suddenly from heart disease will have no prior symptoms
  • High cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and smoking all contribute to heart disease
  • Physical inactivity is also a contributing factor to heart disease

Learn the Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack at WomenHeart .  Every women has different symptoms.

Wear red to show your awareness about cardiovascular disease.

Resources:

Go Red For Women https://www.goredforwomen.org/en/get-involved/give/wear-red-and-give

Holidays Calendar http://www.holidayscalendar.com/event/national-wear-red-day/

Days of the Year https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/wear-red-day/

Your-Heart-Heatlh.com https://www.your-heart-health.com/content/close-the-gap/en-US/heart-disease-facts/women.html

Women and Heart Disease https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/women.htm

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