Wear red on Feb. 5 for women’s heart health

By Sue Cody

AHA Wear Red 2016
National Wear Red Day, a day to encourage awareness about heart disease in women, is Friday, Feb. 5.


Heart disease is the No 1 killer of women. According to the National Heart Association, heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined and more women than men die from heart disease.


Symptoms of a heart attack in women vary from the symptoms in men. Some women experience back pain, jaw pain, shortness of breath or nausea.


Many women are now realizing lifestyle changes can improve their chances of reducing the risk of heart disease.


National Wear Red Day was started in 2003 and now marks its 13th anniversary Feb. 5. People are encouraged to wear red to raise awareness about heart disease in women. The first Friday in February was designated as Wear Red Day by the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.


Since its inauguration in 2003, according to the American Heart Association:

• Nearly 90 percent of women have made at least one healthy behavior change

• More than one-third of women have lost weight

• More than 50 percent of women have increased their exercise

• 6 out of 10 women have changed their diets

• More than 40 percent of women have checked their cholesterol levels

• One third of women have talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans

• Today, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day

• Death in women has decreased by more than 30 percent over the past 10 years


For more information, see goredforwomen.org.