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National Wear Red Day 2011 is February 4th


National Wear Red Day 2011 is Friday February 4th. The day helps kick off "Go Red for Women" month.

In 2004, the American Heart Association created Go Red For Women to educate the public regarding cardiovascular disease in women. Heart disease kills more women each year than breast cancer. Nearly one in every three women will die from cardiovascular disease.

In 2010, the American Heart Association set a strategic goal of reducing death and disability from cardiovascular disease and strokes by 20% while improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% by the year 2020.

By wearing red on National Wear Red Day you can show solidarity against the loss of so many women’s lives to heart disease. Take it further and speak up to your co-workers, tell them about the signs of heart disease.

Know the warning signs of an impending heart attack:

  1. Chest discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back. The discomfort can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.
  2. Discomfort in other areas of the upper body can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach. These are especially important if they occur during activity or exertion. Jaw pain is often ignored as TMJ disease.
  3. Shortness of breath will often accompany the chest discomfort, but may precede it.
  4. Other symptoms include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or light-headedness

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While the most common symptom of a heart attack in both men and women is chest pain or discomfort, 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.

If you feel heart attack symptoms, do not delay. Call 9-1-1.

Many cardiovascular events in women can be prevented by making good lifestyle choices. If you smoke, quit. If you are sedentary, make an effort to get up and move daily. Eat healthy. Lower the amount of salt in your diet and lean towards a Mediterranean diet high in fish and fresh vegetables, low in processed carbohydrates.

To learn more about heart disease in women you can receive a free copy of “The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women” here.

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National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
American Heart Association