Wear Red Day American Heart Attire

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Wear Red Day

February 11, 2021 is National Wear Red Day in honor of American Heart Month. Americans will wear red attire in an effort to spread awareness about heart disease among women.

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the message of the awareness effort is, “Heart Disease Doesn’t Care What You Wear-It’s the #1 Killer of Women.” National Wear Red Day was created in support of The Heart Truth, a campaign implemented by NHLBI and partner organizations to “give women a personal and urgent wake up call about their risk of heart disease.” The Heart Truth campaign is specifically targeting women aged 40 to 60, as the risk of heart disease increases during this time in a woman’s life.

The effort hopes to reach African American and Hispanic women, as these ethnic groups have “higher rates of the major risk factors of heart disease” including diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure. Additional factors that increase a woman’s risk of suffering from heart disease include high cholesterol, smoking, stress, lack of physical activity. Lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet and incorporating exercise into your daily routine, may help control risk factors and prevent heart disease from worsening.

According to the Women’s Heart Foundation, approximately 8.6 million women die from heart disease annually, comprising one-third of all deaths in women. Heart disease or cardiopathy is an umbrella term for a variety of diseases affecting the heart. As of 2007, it is the leading cause of death in the United States, England, Canada and Wales. It accounts for 25.4 percent of the total deaths in the United States.

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