National Women’s Heart Day takes place on the first Friday in February — on February 3 this year. It is a day to work towards preventing heart diseases in women. In the United States, heart conditions are the leading cause of death among women. National Women’s Heart Day was first observed in 2001, and we have continued healthcare activities since then. Heart conditions can be caused for various reasons. This is a day to engage in steps toward making the heart healthier. Join us and be a part of our healthcare activities.
History of National Women's Heart Day
Having a healthy body and living up to 100 years is a dream that a lot of people have. But most people do not live long enough to see this dream become a reality. Among those who reach that age, most are only a shadow of who they used to be. Compared to other living creatures, we are lucky that we can live for around 100 years — most mammals do not live more than 20 years!
The average lifespan of a human being was not anywhere near this in ancient times. Back then, people were lucky if they reached 30 years old. Developments in medical science have helped us counter various health conditions. Heart diseases are one of the major reasons most of us die before we hit our 100-year mark. Women suffer from this even more than men. Heart-related diseases are the number one cause of death among women in the U.S.
February is considered National Heart Health Month to help decrease the death toll and get people involved in activities that can boost heart health. Subsequently, in 2001, National Women’s Heart Day was started to raise awareness about heart conditions and cardiovascular diseases.
National Women's Heart Day timeline
Daniel Hale Williams conducts the first successful heart surgery.
President Lyndon B. Johnson declares February as National Heart Health Month.
The Red Dress is now the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness.
Go Red launches its mission to eradicate heart disease and stroke in women.
National Women's Heart Day FAQs
Is February Heart Month?
American Heart Month is in February. It is a month that asks people to focus on their cardiovascular health.
When did Go Red start?
It began in 2004.
Can a healthy woman have a heart attack?
Anyone can have a heart attack. Women are more likely to suffer a heart attack after the age of 55.
How to Observe National Women's Heart Day
Go for a health checkup
Take this day to check the health of your heart. Early testing can help stop various health conditions, and it is one of the most important activities for National Women’s Heart day.
Spread awareness about the day
This is a day to spread awareness about women’s heart health. Create a presentation or a post about it and share it through social media to spread awareness. You can also wear red and post a photo.
Pass information about heart health
Create posters showcasing healthcare information about heart health. Spread them within your locality.
5 Facts About Heart Disease That You Should Know
A leading cause of death
Heart conditions and related diseases are the leading cause of death in the U.S.
The death rate in the U.S.
Cardiovascular diseases kill one person every 36 seconds in the U.S.
The cost of heart conditions
The cost of healthcare, medicine, and loss of working hours costs more than $350 billion in the U.S.
Coronary artery diseases
About 6.7% of all adults suffer from coronary artery diseases.
The CAD death rate
About two out of 10 deaths from coronary artery diseases happen in adults less than 65 years old.
Why National Women's Heart Day is Important
A day for a healthy heart
A healthy heart is important for the functioning of the body. This day reminds us to keep a healthy lifestyle to live a longer life.
Special attention to women
Women's heart-related conditions are rising. We love that there is a day dedicated to helping raise awareness about the conditions. It’s also a way for people to learn new things about their bodies that they may not have known.
Easier access to healthcare
If people learn more about their health, they will be encouraged to get healthcare services more frequently. Activities held every National Women’s Heart Day make people aware of health service providers near them, as well as what kinds of services they need to get.
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