Heart disease survivors Nicole and Eve

Participate in National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 3

Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 by UVM Health Network - CVMC

A little splash of red — a shirt, scarf, hat, dress, drink — can have mighty big implications.

When you Go Red for Women and wear red on Friday, Feb. 3, you join thousands nationwide raising awareness about heart disease in women, the number one killer of American females.

The American Heart Association (AHA) estimates one in three deaths of women each year – nearly one woman every minute of every day – is caused by heart disease. The best way to combat those numbers is awareness.

Because many early heart studies focused exclusively on men, women might think heart conditions don’t, or can’t, affect them. But women can be at significantly greater risk than they realize. In fact, AHA found only 55 percent of women are aware that heart disease takes more women’s lives than any other condition, and fewer than half know healthy levels for indicators like blood pressure and cholesterol.

That’s why education is so crucial. You can be a healthy heart champion by “Going Red.”

Going Red can take lots of forms, including:

  • following an exercise routine;
  • eating a healthier diet;
  • seeing doctors for important tests and routine visits;
  • knowing your risk and taking action;
  • influencing others by talking about heart health.

So make a splash with a little red this Friday, and know supporting the cause doesn’t have to stop at your wardrobe – consider mixing up some colorful foods and beverages to share with colleagues, friends and family.

Going Red’s an easy and fun way to promote better heart health for women. Are you in?