National Wear Red Day: Revealing “The Heart Truth”

By Tracy Morris

National-Wear-Red-Day Heart disease just isn’t sexy. We had planned to use this week’s feature to talk about the far juicier topic of how to have lots of sex with different people and come out satisfied and healthy. But when I found out that the first day of February is National Wear Red Day, and that one in four women in America die from heart disease, I figured that sex could wait. Not for long, but just for this week.

Red Dress pinSo, on February 1 dig into your closets or even go make a new purchase of the loveliest red attire you can to wear that day. Or you might like to pin on one of the The Heart Truth Campaign’s Red Dress pins available through their website.

The point of all the crimson is to raise awareness about the big impact that heart disease has on women’s lives in America. The good news is that in only a few years, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Red Dress campaign has increased women’s awareness that heart disease is their Number 1 killer. Still, studies also show that women don’t always acknowledge their own personal risk factors, like high cholesterol and high blood pressure, as being linked to heart disease.

The NHLBI says that most women don’t connect their risk factors with heart disease, even though 80 percent of women aged 40 to 60 are believed to have one or more factor. And it’s not just older women who need to worry – heart disease develops gradually and can start as young as the teenage years.

The most controllable risk factors for heart disease are:

Leading causes of death in American women chart

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Overweight
  • Physical inactivity

The more risk factors you have, the higher your chances are of having heart disease. Simply leading a healthier lifestyle can significantly lower your risks. While treatment is available for varying forms of heart disease, prevention is the best life-saver.

So, get out your red on February 1. If it’s not your best color, go for the little pin. If you can’t go into the office in a blaze of color, set fire to the night later. Ask your friends, your sisters, your co-workers if they’ve heard of this day. A little attention goes a long way towards opening eyes.

We’ll talk about one of the rewards of a heart-healthy lifestyle – good, clean sex – next time.

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