Wear Red Day aims to raise awareness of heart disease

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Despite the devastating toll of COVID-19, heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the U.S and worldwide, and the leading cause of death among women, which is why on Friday, Feb. 5, the American Heart Association will host National Wear Red Day.

The American Heart Association is urging everyone to wear red to raise awareness about the devastating effects of heart disease in women. 

Heart disease and stroke can affect a woman at any age. In fact, nearly 45% of women age 20 and older are living with some form of heart disease, however, new data suggests Gen Z and Millennial women are less likely to be aware that heart disease is their greatest health threat.

Women can often have different symptoms of heart disease than men. They can have crushing chest pain and arm numbness, but can also have pain in the shoulders and back, gastrointestinal distress and fatigue. 

Throughout the Mohawk Valley, people will be wearing red on Wear Red Day. WIBX is leading the charge to recruit companies to illuminate their building’s red to show they stand with the American Heart Association to fight cardiovascular disease in women. At 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5, several buildings in the Mohawk Valley will begin to glow red.

People will also donate at GoRedforWomen.org, where information about going red is available. People wearing red can share photos of themselves on their social media sites, with the hashtag #GoRed or #WearRedandGive. 

Wear Red Day takes place during American Heart Month, which is February. Other American Heart Month activities (all digital) include:

Feb. 8: Noon – House Calls: Real Docs, Real Talk – CHD Focus

Feb. 15: Noon – House Calls: Real Docs, Real Talk – Maternal Health Focus

Feb. 22: 4:30 p.m. – Research Goes Red Live

Feb. 25: Black Women and Well-being Roundtable: Link to come.

For information about Wear Red Day, email heartofutica@heart.org or visit GoRedforWomen.org.

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