February 7, 2020 is Go Red for Women Day. You are encouraged to wear red as a reminder about women’s increased risk of heart disease and stroke. The day is also used to educate others about the real risk to women’s health. The fact is: cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute!
But it doesn’t affect all women alike, and the warning signs for women aren’t the same as in men. The truth is that 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease but rarely speak to their doctor about it.
Go Red for Women isn’t just about wearing red either. There an advocacy piece that is trying to raise funds for research, find out why there is an ever-widening gap between men and women’s survival of heart disease, and discover why there is such an increased risk in certain populations.
While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 dies of heart disease.
Please use the links below to educate yourself about how to reduce your risk and wear red on February 7th!