The American Heart Association, together with its signature movement, Go Red for Women, encourages everyone to ‘wear red and give’ on National Wear Red Day to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease: women’s greatest health threat.
"Cardiovascular disease kills one woman every 80 seconds and takes more lives than all forms of cancer combined," officials said. "Heart disease and stroke also impact the lives of one in three women – or a third of mothers, sisters and friends – and cardiac events are on the rise in young women in their twenties."
According to Emily Fuller, executive director of the American Heart Association, “People all throughout our community can help raise awareness for heart disease and stroke. Wear red on Feb. 7, donate to help support the work of the American Heart Association or take part in a no-cost heart-health screening.”
CVS Health is the national sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Movement and will be offering no-cost heart-health screenings at MinuteClinic locations nationwide select Thursdays in February.
"Cardiovascular diseases continue to be a woman’s greatest health threat," officials said. "To treat, beat and prevent heart disease and stroke, women should understand family health history, know their five key personal health numbers - these help determine risk for heart disease and stroke: total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index – and make healthy behavior changes like moving more, eating smart and managing blood pressure.
For more information on Go Red for Women or to make a donation, visit www.heart.org/chattanooga or call 423-763-4421.