Friday, February 03, 2006

Today is National Wear Red Day

February 3, 2006, is National Wear Red Day!

National Wear Red Day is a day when Americans nationwide will wear red to show their support for women's heart disease awareness.

One in three women dies from heart disease. It’s the #1 killer of women, regardless of race or ethnicity. It also strikes at younger ages than most people think, and the risk rises in middle age. And, two-thirds of women who have heart attacks never fully recover.

New guidelines for the prevention and treatment of women with heart disease have been published. (If you already have heart disease, stroke, peripheral arterial disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm, diabetes mellitus, or chronic kidney disease, you’re automatically considered to be at high risk. Also, some women with genetic cholesterol problems may also be at high risk.)

  1. Determine your risk for getting heart disease in the next 10 years.
  2. Once you determine your risk, read the heart disease prevention strategies based on your risk category.

A national study conducted by the American Heart Association showed that just over 50% of American women know that heart disease is their leading killer. Spread the "Love Your Heart" message to your friends by wearing red today!

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