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National Wear Red Day is Friday, Feb. 7: Here’s what it means

February is American Heart Month

National Wear Red day
National Wear Red day

Michiganders will come together in February to show their support for the fight against heart disease and stroke.

American Heart Month, an annual celebration in February that began in 1964, urges Americans to join the battle against heart disease.

Across the state and the nation, millions of people will wear red attire on Friday, Feb. 7 - National Wear Red Day to raise awareness of heart disease in women. Part of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement, Wear Red Day focuses the nation’s attention on heart disease, the number one killer of women in America. Women and men throughout the country will be wearing red sweaters, red dresses, red ties or red dress pins to show their support of this movement to save women’s lives.

Key stats:

  • Cardiovascular diseases kill nearly 1 in 3 women each year.
  • Cardiovascular diseases kill about one woman every 80 seconds and about 80% of cardiovascular diseases may be preventable.
  • Heart disease is the number 1 killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined.
  • More than one in three women is living with some form of cardiovascular disease.
  • Among women age 20 and older:
    • About one third of non-Hispanic whites have CVD;
    • Nearly half of non-Hispanic blacks have CVD; and,
    • About one third of Hispanics have CVD.
  • Almost half of cardiovascular related deaths are in females.

ABOUT GO RED FOR WOMEN

Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women because it’s not just a man’s disease. In fact, more women than men die every year from heart disease and stroke. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Go Red for Women advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health. The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement is nationally sponsored by CVS, with additional support from our cause supporters. For more information, please visit GoRedForWomen.org.