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Wearing of the Red

I am reprising pieces of a blog entry from February of 2008 today as I remind people of the problem that heart health care is for women.

The first Friday in February has been designated as Go Red for Women to draw attention to the top killers of women – heart disease and stroke. Women, and the men who love and support them, are asked to don red clothing to draw attention to heart health for women.

While heart health and the causes of heart attacks and strokes in men have been center stage for many years, more women than men die from heart disease each year.  Heart disease is the number one killer of women in America.  The American Heart Association sponsors Go Red for Women day. You can find out all kinds of information about keeping your heart healthy at various ages here.

Go out today and wear red. If you are a man, do it for the women in your life – your mother, your wife, your daughter. If you are woman, do it for yourself and for those strong women in your life that you want to live longer and healthier.

If you are looking for more information, please visit the links below.

The American Heart Association

Campbell’s Address Your Heart

Go Red for Women (This site seems to be having some issues first thing this February morning.  Hopefully, someone will fix it.)

10 thoughts on “Wearing of the Red

  1. Nicki, I just read (in People magazine of all things) a review of a book by a female cardiothoracic surgeon and she said that the warning signs of a heart attack for women are different than those for a man. In women it’s jaw pain and nausea! Very important difference!

    Thanks for getting the word out about this.

    1. You are right, Linda. Warning signs are very different for women. This is part of the reason so many women die from heart attacks.

  2. My mother’s heart attack presented as upper back pain and maybe a touch of indigestion. Once my father understood what that she was more than just uncomfortable and took her to the hospital, they put her in an ambulance right away to take her to a major city nearby for quadruple bypass. The whole left arm thing does not really apply to women….

    1. She is lucky the hospital realized what was wrong, Polly. Many times women are misdiagnosed, even in the ER.

    1. I know what you mean, Charlotte. I use to post things like this in advance. This past week has been so crazy. I was lucky to get it out at all before getting my run in and heading off to client meetings.

  3. My mom died as a result of a massive heart attack at the age of 51. There were no warning signs, and people were simply shocked that a 51 year-old woman could die of a heart attack. Since then, I’ve become well-acquainted with the sobering statistics; it’s not that rare. Women’s heart disease isn’t a “sexy” cause — I don’t think it gets the attention is deserves, but then again it’s personal for me — but it’s an important one.

    1. Elizabeth – I am so sorry for your loss. You are right. This is not a sexy cause and gets little play – even with a special day.

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