Friday, February 1, 2013, is the tenth annual National Wear Red Day. On the first Friday of February, Americans nationwide will take women’s health to heart by wearing red to show their support for women’s heart disease awareness. National Wear Red Day is a national campaign aimed at giving women a personal and urgent wake-up call that heart disease is their #1 health threat and the #1 killer of women. What’s a Red Dress got to do with it? The simple Red Dress (the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness campaign) was adopted to work as a visual red alert to get the message out:
“Heart Disease Doesn’t Care What You Wear- It’s the #1 Killer of Women.”
Coronary heart disease is the main form of heart disease. It develops over many years and affects the blood vessels of the heart. It can result in a heart attack, disability, and death. Many women fail to recognize the seriousness of heart disease. One reason may be the common misconception that heart disease can be “cured” with surgery. Bypass surgery and angioplasty can help restore blood and oxygen flow to the heart. However, blood vessels remain damaged, which means women are more likely to have a heart attack.
Once developed, heart disease can be managed, but it cannot be cured. Accepting healthy lifestyle habits, such as not smoking, following a heart healthy eating plan, and being physically active, can all help to manage heart disease.
Heart disease risk factors do not add their effects – they multiply them. Having one or more risk factors is especially serious. Women should talk to a health professional about their individual risks and how to lower them.
Risk factors for heart disease are:
High blood pressure
High blood cholesterol
Family history of early coronary heart disease
Age (for women, 55 and older)
Please join in and help us spread the word. By wearing red on Friday, February 1st you will help send the message to women ofRobertsonCounty that protecting their heart is important to them, their families, and their communities.