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Go Red for Women Tomorrow: Take Charge of Your Heart Health

Go Red for Women Tomorrow: Take Charge of Your Heart Health

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, causing 1 in 3 deaths every year. That means that women are dying at a rate of one per minute because of heart disease.

Tomorrow, February 3, 2012, is National Wear Red Day. Go Red for Women is an initiative created by the American Heart Association to raise awareness of heart disease. Wear red tomorrow to stand up and speak out against heart disease. In fact, wear red all month as February is American Heart Month.

In honor of this year’s American Heart Month, Emmy-nominated actress Elizabeth Banks directed a short film called “Just a Little Heart Attack,” which she says is, “A little film about a super mom who takes care of everyone except herself.”

Watch the video yourself now!

More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined. Make sure you wear red tomorrow to support the cause. Go red!

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7:06AM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

thanks

12:36PM PST on Feb 12, 2012

Heart disease is NOT prevented by wearing red... or other meaningless actions like these. It is prevented by following a reasonable diet, cutting down on salt and fat consumption, exercising more, getting stressed up less, managing your blood pressure...

By getting people to "support" important causes by basically doing NOTHING (like wearing a specific color on their clothes...), you make them feel like they have actually contributed to that cause. They feel satisfied with themselves and, chances are, they won't do anything more that REALLY matters.

8:36PM PST on Feb 3, 2012

thanks for sharing

12:15PM PST on Feb 3, 2012

Don't forget the red! Heart disease is a major killer of women.

8:48AM PST on Feb 3, 2012

Wonderful film! So true (and you could tell she was trying to think if she had time to clean up the house before the EMTs arrived)
This isn't discrimination! Yes, men have heart attacks all the time, but we tend not to think that women do. Women also may not have the classic symptoms that men do. Therefore it is important to raise awareness about women and heart attacks.
I will wear red today, and I hope lots of other women will. We have a huge emphasis on research and treatment for breast cancer (with a whole lot of contention about "pink" anything right now), but the reality is that more women die from heart attack than from breast cancer. And we have so little research going into that. Part of the problem is that heart attacks strike suddenly and, often, fatally, where cancer is a long progression through surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, so the women with cancer are in our vision, as it were for long periods of time, whereas often the woman (and she can be as young as this woman in the video) are here and then they are gone, struck down by a heart attack. And because there isn't the awareness many women don't get the treatment they need to keep from dying.
I have great empathy for those with cancer, but I am also aware how lopsided our efforts are to help women live longer. My mother died of a heart attack when she was only 55.

7:08AM PST on Feb 3, 2012

why only for women? That's just wrong. Heart problems don't discriminate why do you?

5:56AM PST on Feb 3, 2012

And Please, Please...everyone, pay attention to your body!! Women's symptoms are different than men's....I know, mine was missed and it almost cost my life. I had flu-like symptoms and that's what they diagnosed....never asked about the fact that I couldnt catch my breath.

Upset tummy, shortness of breath, "prickly" "weak" feeling all over....headache....and in some, backache. Shortest definition I can give is that it was the "worst feeling I ever had" but couldnt put a specific finger on any one thing. Please, pay attention....I ended up with a quadruple bypass and ongoing problems.

5:30AM PST on Feb 3, 2012

In my opinion, this "wearing of the red" for heart disease is just as meaningless as the pinkwashing of breast cancer. I will not support the American Heart Association until it endorses a plant-based diet to prevent and reverse heart disease. Until then, the AHA won't get a penny from me.

2:51AM PST on Feb 3, 2012

Thanks for the article...

8:08PM PST on Feb 2, 2012

I think this cause is VERY important. Everybody talks about breast cancer these days, and I'm not minimizing that, but more women die from heart problems and lung cancer. There's also kind of a sexist concept that men have heart attacks, not women. Believe me, women do. My grandmother had a few, and it terrified me as a child.

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