If relatives, friends or co-workers are dressed in bright red today, it could be because they’re celebrating Go Red For Women Day, an annual awareness campaign by the American Heart Association.
Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. It is the number one killer of women. Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. That’s why the Heart Association encourages women to wear red on National Wear Red Day® and make the time to Know Your Numbers. Five numbers, that all women should know to take control of their heart health are: Total Cholesterol, HDL (good) Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Body Mass Index (BMI). Knowing these numbers can help women and their healthcare provider determine their risk for developing cardiovascular diseases.