It's time to pull that red tracksuit out of the closet! February 3 is National Wear Red Day, started in 2003 to bring attention to the fact that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. One in 3 women die of heart disease and strokes each year, but many still believe that it's an issue that affects more men than women. So, this Friday, bring heart disease—and your red tracksuit—out of the closet!
Open your heart and give. Make a donation to the American Heart Association or other organizations that promote women's heart health. Funds are needed to advance research for new treatments, keep programs going that provide services for survivors and their families, and to help educate people on how to lower their risk.
Participate in the American Heart Association's FUNraising campaign to raise funds —and awareness—to fight cardiovascular disease and stroke. Check out their FUNraising page for ideas on how to raise funds yourself or join a team to do it together.
One of the ways to be good to your heart is to feed it well and keep it pumping with exercise. Change up your diet to include more heart-healthy foods, and check with your doctor to kickoff an exercise plan that fits your lifestyle.
There's strength in numbers! Wear Red events are taking place all around the country, so meet up with fellow Wear Red participants to share information, encourage each other and have fun!
Don't be a statistic. Wear Red Day was started 14 years ago because a staggering 500,000 American women were dying of heart disease every year. Make an appointment with your doctor to talk about developing heart health plans, get your cholesterol levels checked, and get advice on diet and exercise that can keep your heart healthy for years to come.
Whether you have heart disease or not, you can be a part of an ambitious study to help end it. It only takes a few minutes and can make a difference in women's lives by contributing to research that can help prevent and treat heart disease.
Whether you're social media savvy or want to spread information the old school way, this toolkit can help you get the word out about Wear Red Day. Download flyers and posters, get banners and ideas for posting to social media, and templates for reaching out via email.
Use the buddy system. Gather family and friends together and discuss ways that you can prevent cardiovascular diseases, like knowing your family history and encourage each other to make healthy lifestyle changes. Yes, there's a way to make those wings low-fat for the Super Bowl party.
Knowledge is power. And prevention. Study these heart attack symptoms, then share them with family and friends. It's easier than sharing a cat meme on Facebook.
*Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
*Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
*Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
*Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
*As with men, women's most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
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