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Empowering Hearts: The Significance of Wear Red Day

February isn’t just synonymous with love; it’s also an opportune time to show your heart some extra affection. As we embrace red attire on National Wear Red Day, observed this year on Friday, February 2nd, let’s delve into the significance of this day and the broader theme of Heart Health Month.

Why Wear Red?

National Wear Red Day, also known as “Go Red Day,” is a lighthearted yet crucial endeavor dedicated to raising awareness about women’s heart health. Nearly 45% of women ages 20+ are living with some form of cardiovascular disease. Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, surpassing the toll of all cancers combined. The staggering fact that 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action underscores the importance of initiatives like National Wear Red Day.

Heart Health Month: Love Your Heart Inside Out

As part of Heart Health Month and Wear Red Day, individuals are encouraged to know their numbers – blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and body mass index. American Red Cross representative Ashley Miller encourages women to prioritize their heart health by incorporating simple yet effective lifestyle changes, including maintaining a healthy diet, avoiding smoking, ensuring adequate sleep, and regular exercise.

The American Heart Association’s Three-Pronged Approach

In observation of Heart Health Month, he American Heart Association advises women to take three crucial steps:

1. Know your risk;
2. Know your numbers; 
3. Commit to better health

By understanding family history, recognizing health issues, and considering factors like age, gender, and race, women can assess their risk factors. Managing blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and BMI is vital for preventing heart disease. The commitment to better health involves incorporating more movement, making smart dietary choices, and effectively managing blood pressure.

FAST

One of The Heart Association’s initiatives this year is to get people more involved in being a lifesaver to someone suffering a heart incident or stroke. In order to aid someone in a cardiac crisis, you must first be able to identify it. FAST is an easy-to-remember acronym to help individuals recognize the signs of a stroke.

Facial Expression Changes
Arms – Lift both to check for drooping
Speech – Listen for slurred words
Time to call 911

This Wear Red Day, let our united front shine as a beacon of empowerment. Beyond the symbolic hue, let us champion women’s heart health, fostering a community that prioritizes awareness, prevention, and support. Together, we can amplify the impact of Wear Red Day and Go Red for Women, empowering women at every turn to live heart-healthy lives.

 

 

References

Mozaffarian D, Appel LJ, Van Horn L. Components of a cardioprotective diet: new insights. Circulation. 2011 Jun 21;123(24):2870-91. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.110.968735. PMID: 21690565.

Go Red for Women. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.goredforwomen.org/en/

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