Fight Heart Disease in Women – Celebrate National Wear Red Day February 7th

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, causing more deaths than all forms of cancer combined. Join the American Heart Association and Go Red For Women by celebrating National Wear Red Day; wear a red outfit on February 7th, 2014 to increase awareness of the battle against heart disease in women. Solidarity and awareness are often needed to eradicate a foe. And make no mistake about it, heart disease and stroke represent terrible adversaries for women, even more so than for men. A few alarming statistics:

  • Women are 15 times more likely than men to die in the year following a heart attack.
  • 64% of women who die suddenly from heart disease had NO prior symptoms.
  • Women under 50 are 3 times as likely as men to die after a heart attack or bypass surgery.
  • A startling reality – marriage decreases cardiovascular disease risk in men but increases it in women!
  • Congestive heart failure in the setting of a normal pump function is much more common in women than men… and we don’t know how to effectively treat this.
  • “Traditional” risk factors and risk factor scoring can fail to adequately identify women with Cardiovascular Disease.
  • And to make matters even worse, diagnostic testing for heart disease is less accurate in women than in men.

Go Red for WomenMany women are unaware of the symptoms of a heart attack, or may attribute their symptoms as due to other causes. If you’re experiencing pain in your chest, jaw, neck or back, don’t assume it‘s just from the gym or a little extra stress. These could be symptoms of a heart attack – see a doctor.

Given this grave threat to women’s heart health we believe that it’s important for us all – men and women – to band together on February 7th and show support for the fight against heart disease in women by simply wearing Red.

photo credits: Go Red for Women

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