Today is National Wear Red Day according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLB). Americans are encouraged to wear red to show their support for women’s heart health and help raise awareness for the number one killer of women. February is the official month for heart awareness. Multiple heart health organizations teamed up to designate this day and unite everyone in the life-saving awareness-to-action movement by wearing a red dress, red scarf, red tie, red shirt, or even a simple red pin to urge women to protect their hearts.
Organizations such as American Heart Association, National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, NHLB, and many more are participating this month to share statistics, toolkits, warning signs and prevention practices. Here are a few reasons why you should keep an eye on your heart health:
· Cardiovascular disease kills more women each year than the next four causes of death: cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Alzheimer’s, and accidents
· 432,709 cardiovascular-related deaths occurred in 2010
· 53% of cardiovascular disease-deaths occur in women
· Women’s total cholesterol is higher than men’s cholesterol beginning at age 45
Visit American Heart Association and make sure you understand and learn how you can lower and/or prevent your risks. Take action by donating to a variety of charities listed on YourCause.com and help reduce heart disease.
Go red and support Heart Awareness Month!
Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics – 2010 Update: A Report From the American Heart Association www.circ.ahajournals.org
National Wear Red Day Toolkit, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov