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National Wear Red Day Kicks Off American Heart Month on Friday, February 5th


Submitted by American Heart Association

The American Heart Association, through its Go Red For Women movement, is urging everyone to support the fight against heart disease by wearing red on National Wear Red Day – Friday, February 5th.

American Heart Month is in February, and is a perfect time to focus on the prevalence of heart disease, America’s No. 1 killer. It is also a time to pause and celebrate the research and education that make lifesaving advances in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease a reality. By encouraging the public to share Wear Red Day photos on social media using #LifeisWhyIA & #GoRed, the American Heart Association hopes to share many images to help boost awareness for this important cause.

On National Wear Red Day, thousands of people, including employees at many companies, national and local news anchors, and talk-show hosts across the country, will wear red to support the cause. Men and women everywhere are encouraged to join in to show their support by wearing red on February 5th. The red dress and the color red symbolize one’s support in the fight against heart disease. 

Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s cause initiative designed to save women’s lives. Too many women die each year because they are unaware that heart disease is their No. 1 killer. One in three women die of this largely preventable disease. While heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, only one in five American women believe heart disease is her greatest health threat. With the right information, education, and care, heart disease in women can be treated, prevented, and even ended.

Every day and especially during heart month, women are encouraged to take charge of their heart health and schedule a well-woman visit. A well-woman visit is the annual check-up to review a woman’s overall health, including the key elements of ideal cardiovascular health. The annual well-woman visit is a great opportunity for women and their doctors to know if they are on track to achieving ideal cardiovascular health as a part of their full health story.

For more information about American Heart Month or National Wear Red Day, please visit www.GoRedForWomen.org/WearRedDay.

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