Despite all the attention we pay to cancer rates, heart disease is still the #1 killer of women. On National Wear Red Day, held every year on the first Friday in February (Feb. 3 in 2017), women all over the country will be wearing red to help raise awareness of women’s heart health. The American Heart Association hopes by asking women (and men) to wear such a noticeable and, some would say, powerful color on this day, they can bring attention to a disease which claims the lives of almost 500,000 women each year.
Why National Wear Red Day is Important
A. National Wear Red Day has had a real impact
Since the inception of National Wear Red Day in 2003, nearly 90% of women have made at least one healthy behavior change, more than 50% have increased their exercise and more than 40% have checked their cholesterol levels.
B. There’s a fashion show
This year Macy’s will present The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women® Red Dress Collection 2017. Held during New York Fashion Week, the event showcases top designers, models and celebrities demonstrating their support for women’s heart health.
C. It calls attention to the fact that men and women may experience heart disease differently
Although women may experience the same heart attack symptoms as men, such as gripping chest pain and cold sweats, women often experience other less recognizable symptoms like pain in the stomach, jaw, neck or back, nausea or shortness of breath. The Go Red® campaign has helped increase awareness so women can pay better attention if they are experiencing symptoms.
How to Observe National Wear Red Day
1. Schedule a Well-Woman Visit
Early detection can make a huge difference in the battle against heart disease. Ask your doctor to review your overall health, including your cardiovascular health. Then discuss a plan to keep you healthy and fit for years to come.
2. Get Moving
Doing something physical every day helps you live a longer, better life. With just 30 minutes of moderate physical exercise at least 5 times a week you can significantly lower your risks for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Plus you’ll feel great!
3. Take a few minutes for yourself and your heart
Stress can trigger some of the risk factors for heart disease. Taking a few moments out of your day to decompress, meditate or just do a few yoga poses can significantly lower your blood pressure and set you on a healthier path.