Wear red this Friday to save lives

Posted February 02, 2017

February is the American Heart Month, and to raise awareness, volunteers from around the country deliver red hats to newborn babies in local hospitals on Monday.

Nearly a decade of years ago, the American Heart Association presented "Go Red for Women", a movement providing information to women about cardiovascular disease. Wear Red on February 3, Go Red Day and join Emily Riemer at the Boston Go Red for Women luncheon on February 24. By going red, we remind women, and all of us, about the importance of taking care of our hearts. "CVS Health's support of Go Red For Women will help fund lifesaving research and education in this critical area, while also providing easy ways for their customers to "Go Red".

AHA encourages women to know and understand where they stand, as well as their family history so that each woman can take the steps necessary - with the assistance of her healthcare provider - to lead a healthier life.

"This year, we are focusing on men's heart health", said Indiana State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H. One hundred percent of the red dress pin sales goes towards Go Red For Women.

Even if you have no symptoms, you may still be at risk for heart disease. "Most women being treated for PCOS have typically been treated by their gynecologist, but now organizations like the American Heart Association are recognizing the cardiovascular issues caused by the disorder".

The fashion choice is part of American Heart Association Little Hats, Big Hearts program, which raises awareness about heart disease. But while it is the No. 1 killer of women, it is 80 percent preventable, with simple lifestyle changes like exercise.