Desert Valley Hospital and the American Heart Association (AHA) are bringing attention to risk of heart disease in women. Two events are coming up that women are encouraged to take part in.
One is National Wear Red Day, held on the first Friday in February each year. This year, the date is February 7. It is a special day to bring attention to this silent killer of women. The AHA encourages everyone to wear red, raise their voices, know their cardiovascular risk and take action to live longer, healthier lives.
The other special event is the Go Red Shuffle on Saturday, February 22. This is a free community event for the entire family, held at the Mall of Victor Valley from 9am to noon. There will be a fitness walk in the mall, educational booths, fashion show, health screenings, prize giveaways, and much more.
Heart disease has been called the Silent Killer because it often has no noticeable symptoms. It’s more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. And it’s not just an old man’s disease.
In 2003, research revealed that heart disease was by far the number one killer of women, and actually killed more women than men. To save lives and raise awareness of this serious issue, the American Heart Association (AHA) launched Go Red For Women. And the red dress has become the iconic symbol of the battle against heart disease in women
National Wear Red Day has reached a decade of success. Since the first National Wear Red Day in 2003, the AHA has made tremendous strides in the fight against heart disease in women. Through research and education to healthy lifestyle changes, the AHA is proud that:
- 34% fewer women now die from heart disease, saving 330 lives every day.
- More women are taking ownership of their health by developing healthy lifestyles, with 37% losing weight, 43% checking their cholesterol, 50% exercising more, 60% improving their diets, and 33% developing heart health plans with their doctor.
- Awareness is up, with 23% more Americans now realizing heart disease is the #1 killer of women.
- Awareness among minorities is up, doubling among Hispanic women and tripling among African American women.
- 15% have quit smoking, and high cholesterol has declined by 18%.
More communities have joined the fight. Registration in Go Red For Women is now more than 1.75 million strong. More than 25 million Red Dress Pins have been worn to support the cause. More than 185 cities host GRFW events and luncheons. And more than 2,000 landmarks light up in red on National Wear Red Day.
Legislative efforts are making a difference. Women no longer pay higher premiums than men for health coverage. And 20 states have programs for low-income women to get screenings for heart disease and strokes through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s WISEWOMAN.
More gender-specific guidelines have been developed, because women’s symptoms and responses to medication differ from men’s.
Gender-specific medical research is up. The FDA now requires clinical trial results be reported by gender. Gender-specific inequalities have been identified, ensuring women receive the same level of heart treatment as men.
More work is crucial. With all of these successes, heart disease is still the number one killer of women, killing almost 1,100 a day. But what’s more powerful than the killer? Millions of mothers, sisters, daughters and friends speaking up.
Funds raised by Go Red support educational programs to increase women’s awareness about their risk for heart disease and critical research to discover scientific knowledge about cardiovascular health.
Don’t be silent about the silent killer. Help the AHA save more lives. Get involved, make a difference, Go Red and speak Red, by telling other women that heart disease is their number one killer.
The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, our organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters working tirelessly to eliminate these diseases. We fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to save and improve lives.
Our nationwide organization includes 144 local offices and nearly 2,700 employees. We moved our national headquarters from New York to Dallas in 1975 to be more centrally located. The American Stroke Association was created as a division in 1997 to bring together the organization’s stroke-related activities.
Our Mission: Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Our mission drives everything we do.
What We Do: To improve the lives of all Americans, we provide public health education in a variety of ways.
We’re the nation’s leader in CPR education training. We help people understand the importance of healthy lifestyle choices. We provide science-based treatment guidelines to healthcare professionals to help ensure the best treatment for every patient, every time. We educate lawmakers, policy makers and the public as we advocate for changes to protect and improve the health of our communities.
We are working toward improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent, and reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent, all by the year 2020. Our programs, educational resources and advocacy initiatives are all targeted at helping people identify and adopt healthier lifestyles. To assess your cardiovascular health, all you need to do is visit MyLifeCheck.org and answer a few questions. You will learn about modest changes that could make major differences.
For more information, visit heart.org or call 1-800-AHA-USA1.
To register for upcoming AHA events, call (310) 242-3164, or visit www.ieGoRedLuncheon.org