The first Friday of February has been designated by the awareness campaign, Heart Truth and the American Heart Association, as National Wear Red Day ® in the United States. On this day, men and women are encouraged to wear red as a symbol of their support of women’s heart health and to bring attention to the problem of heart disease in women. Many women wear red dresses, the identifying symbol for the day. February is also designated as Heart Health month.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year, according tot the American Heart Association. That’s approximately one woman every minute! Heart disease does not affect all women alike, and the warning signs for women aren’t the same in men.

The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement and The Heart Truth encourage all women to schedule a visit with their doctor to learn their personal health numbers including Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Blood Sugar and Body Mass Index (BMI) and assess their risk for heart disease and stroke.

One of the best weapons against cardiovascular disease is to get to it before it gets to you. Early detection can make all the difference in a successful battle against this disease. Go Red For Women encourages all women to schedule a Well-Woman Visit with their health care provider. It’s a check-up that gives your doctor the chance to review your overall health, including the key elements of ideal cardiovascular health.

According to the American Heart Association, there are seven ways to help control your risk for heart disease by understanding “Life’s Simple 7.”

  • Get active
  • Control cholesterol
  • Eat better
  • Manage blood pressure
  • Lose weight
  • Reduce blood sugar
  • Stop smoking

The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement has made great strides over the past 10 years through generous donations:

  • More than 627,000 women have been saved from heart disease, and 285 fewer women are dying each day.
  • Women’s guidelines, created by the American Heart Association, have educated millions of healthcare providers to recognize and treat heart disease in women.
  • The number of women aware of their No. 1 killer has jumped from 22 percent to well over 50 percent.

If you are interested in donating to this cause, please choose one of the following:

  • Join the Circle of Red. Fight heart disease with likeminded women. Women in the Circle of Red contribute significant resources and influence to fund lifesaving research, education and advocacy for heart health on a local and national level. For more information, contact your local American Heart Association office.
  • Fundraise for National Wear Red Day®. Create a fundraising page and use our fundraising materials to help create awareness. Use these tools and resources to help organize and promote your fundraising event, or get together and educate colleagues, friends and family.
  • Donate in honor of a loved one. Create a page in honor or memory of a loved one. A memorial page can be a great way to remember and share her/his legacy.