To raise awareness, the AHA is encouraging communities and businesses to wear red Friday to to start a conversation and act as spokespeople for the cause. It kicks off the AHA initiative to bring attention to heart disease as the top killer of women.
Go Red for Women is an annual campaign created to increase awareness about heart disease in women.
National Wear Red day to help spread awareness is Friday, February 3rd.
The National Society DAR has supported the Go Red for Women campaign since it was launched in 2004 and has even gone so far as to shine bright red lights on its national headquarters in Washington, D.C.in honor of Go Red for Women.
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AHA encourages women to know and understand where they stand, as well as their family history so that each woman can take the steps necessary - with the assistance of her healthcare provider - to lead a healthier life. Sanford Health, El Riad Shriners and the American Heart Association are all teaming up to put it on. Smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, physical inactivity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, genetics, age and other factors contribute to heart disease risk. "We look forward to saving and changing countless lives by working together". In 2010, the AHA set a goal of reducing death and disability from cardiovascular disease and strokes by 20 percent while improving cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent by the year 2020.
80 percent of heart disease and stroke events may be prevented by lifestyle changes and education.
Although heart disease is sometimes thought of as a "man's disease", around the same number of women and men die each year of heart disease in the United States.