Today, Friday, February 5, is National Wear Red Day and it's a cause that is near and dear to our hearts. We're talking, of course, about women's cardiovascular health, which is such an urgent issue that it has its own day during American Heart Month.
In fact, heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds – which is probably roughly about how much time it's taken you to read this blog so far. What's more, they are illnesses with risk factors including high blood pressure, cholesterol and lack of physical activity – issues that tend to plague older adults and people who spend most of their time caring for them.
The good news is, we can all do something to help. The American Heart Association is asking everyone to raise awareness of this epidemic that is affecting women and their families all across the U.S. by wearing red today (bonus points for helping educate everyone as to why you're wearing red) and donating in support of cardiovascular health.
On a more personal level, Wear Red Day is a good reminder to schedule a well-woman visit for yourself, and remind other women in your life to do so as well.
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