National Wear Red Day

You’re probably wondering why there’s a lot of people wearing red today.

It’s national ‘Wear Red’ day and it’s all in the name of heart health for women.

The American Heart Association tries to raise awareness every year with its ‘Go Red for Women’ campaign.

According to the Association, heart disease is the number one killer in America.

On its website it states that more women than men die from it every year.

St. Francis Health Center cardiologist, Swapna Mamidipally says 1 out of every 3 women will die from it this year.

“When a woman has a heart attack it’s very different than when a man has a heart attack,” Advocacy Director at the American Heart Association, Missty Lechner said.

According to the Association, most women don’t notice the symptoms until it’s to, late that’s why it’s known as the ‘silent killer’.

“Most people don’t realize it because it’s silent and it’s hidden and most people don’t understand what heart disease is and the signs and symptoms,” Lechner said.

Lechner says the key to prevention is being able to notice the signs.

In one of the Association’s pamphlet it states that some signs are shortness of breath, discomfort in the upper body and dizziness.

“So the good news is that 80% of heart disease could be prevented,” Mamidipally said.

Mamidipally says the best way to prevent heart disease is to maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating right and exercising.

Lechner says that eating fruits, vegetables, high fiber foods and fish is a great start to eating healthy.

“Some easy exercises, walking, running, biking or even dancing are all great ways to get some exercise in your life and to prevent heart disease,” Lechner said.

So it doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman, you’re encouraged to wear something red to help raise awareness.

For more information on heart disease click here.

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