Although significant progress has been made in increasing awareness among women that heart disease is their No. 1 killer, most women fail to make the connection between heart disease risk factors and their personal risk of developing the disease.
This disease is largely preventable, but kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. Join The Heart Truth campaign on Friday, Feb. 1, National Wear Red Day – to help spread the message that “Heart Disease Doesn’t Care What You Wear, It’s the No. 1 Killer of Women.”
The Heart Truth created and introduced the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002 to deliver an urgent wakeup call to American women. The Red Dress reminds women of the need to protect their heart health, and inspires them to take action. On National Wear Red Day, wear a red dress, red shirt or red tie to show your support for women and heart disease awareness.
While heart disease risk begins to rise in middle age, heart disease develops over time and can start at a young age, even in the teen years. It’s never too early, or too late, to take action to prevent and control the risk factors for heart disease. The Heart Truth is building awareness of women’s heart disease and empowering women to reduce and prevent their risk. It is reaching women with important heart health messages in community settings through a diverse network of national and grassroots partner organizations.
The Heart Truth campaign is sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with the Office on Women’s Health and other groups committed to the health and well-being of women.
“More than twice as many women will die each year from heart disease than from all forms of cancer combined,” Col. William Darby, commander of Fox Army Health Center, said. “What is even more surprising is that many women don’t know they are at risk nor do they recognize that the symptoms of heart disease in women may differ from those in men.”
Community organizations across the country are joining The Heart Truth campaign and using its Red Dress symbol to raise awareness about women and heart disease. Educational materials are being distributed at local events and presentations emphasizing women’s health issues. Fox Army Health Center will be providing a Women’s Heart Health information table in the Pharmacy area during February. They will also be providing a Women’s Heart Health lunch and learn on Feb. 22 with Dr. Cynthia Anastas. Also, Fox’s Wellness Clinic offers a monthly cholesterol management class for prevention of heart disease.
To find out more about women and heart disease, visit The Heart Truth webpages at www.hearttruth.gov or call the NHLBI Health Information Center at 301-592-8573.