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National Wear Red Day

Posted by on February 1st, 2018

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Tomorrow is National Wear Red Day.  Everyone is encouraged to wear red to raise awareness about the #1 killer of women…. heart disease.

In 2003, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute took action against a disease that was claiming the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year – a disease that women weren’t paying attention to. Stemming from that action, National Wear Red Day was born. It’s held on the first Friday in February every year to raise awareness about heart disease being the No. 1 killer of women.  2018 marks the 15th year that this day of awareness has taken place.

Medlineplus.gov lists two types of heart disease that affect women more than men:

  • Coronary microvascular disease (MVD) – a problem that affects the heart’s tiny arteries
  • Broken heart syndrome – extreme emotional stress leading to severe but often short-term heart muscle failure

Although symptoms of heart disease may vary, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute have a list of signs and symptoms for reference.  Any signs or symptoms should be discussed with your doctor immediately.

For tips on how to be heart healthy, visit fda.gov to learn more about heart health for women!

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