American Heart Month & Wear Red Day 0

February might be a short little month but it’s got a lot going on! Among other things (like, Hot Breakfast Month 🙂 ), in the U.S. it’s Black History Month, the month of love and American Heart Month.

Did you know…

  • Heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the United States, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined?
  • Heart disease causes 1 in 3 deaths each year? That means approximately one woman every minute!
  • Women are more likely than men to have heart attack symptoms unrelated to chest pain, such as shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, sweating, lightheadedness or dizziness, unusual fatigue and neck, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort?
  • Mental stress and depression affect women’s hearts more than men’s?
  • Low levels of estrogen after menopause pose a significant risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease?

These are just a few of the facts we should be aware of as women, as it relates to heart disease.

American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day (February 7th for 2014) were established to raise awareness in the fight against heart disease. Go to www.goredforwomen.org to find out how you can join the Go Red movement, get involved, learn about heart disease and your risk, share your story or find other women like you if you have experienced heart disease.

On the fun side of things….

  • Shop Macy’s! From February 5-10, customers wearing anything red – from an entire ensemble to lipstick or the signature red dress pin — will get 20% off most regular, sale and clearance merchandise at Macy’s! (Note: the discount does not apply to “Specials.”) If you don’t have anything red, you can buy the official Go Red For Women signature red dress pin for $2 at any Macy’s store and receive the discount, and at the same time support the cause. All pin sales directly benefit the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement.
  • Enjoy this video!

Do you have experience with heart disease? Do you know someone who has? Share your story in the comments below.

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