Friday February 6th is National Wear Red Day.
Wear red to raise awareness about the number 1 killer of women, cardiovascular disease. Heart disease and strokes kills 1 in 3 women every year. Heart disease kills about 630,000 people every year. “The Heart Truth” campaign created and introduced the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002 to deliver an urgent wake-up call to American women. Show your support on February 6th for the awareness of heart disease.
The causes of heart disease are diverse but atherosclerosis or hypertension are the most common. With aging comes a number of physiological and morphological changes that alter cardiovascular function and lead to subsequently increased risk of cardiovascular disease, even in healthy asymptomatic individuals.
Heart disease is the leading cause of deaths worldwide. Although heart disease usually affects older adults, the antecedents of cardiovascular disease begin in early life. There is therefore increased emphasis on preventing atherosclerosis by modifying risk factors, such as healthy eating, exercise, and avoidance of smoking tobacco.