What does it mean to Go Red? It means supporting women just like you in the fight against heart disease. On Friday, February 7, 2014, National Wear Red Day®, Americans will wear red to show their support for women’s heart health. This observance promotes the Red Dress symbol and provides an opportunity for everyone to unite in The Heart Truth’s® life-saving awareness-to-action movement by putting on a favorite red dress, red shirt, red tie or Red Dress Pin.
Heart Disease Statistics
- Heart disease is the #1 killer of women, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.
- Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.
- An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease.
- 90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
- Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease.
- While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 dies of heart disease.
- Only 1 in 5 American women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat.
- Women comprise only 24% of participants in all heart-related studies.
- Hispanic women are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than Caucasian women.
- Of African American women ages 20 and older, 46.9% have cardiovascular disease.
10 ways to Go Red for National Wear Red Day®
Learn more about heart disease in women at www.goredforwomen.org.