On Friday, Feb. 1, millions of Americans will celebrate National Wear Red Day, donning their favorite red apparel to show their support for women and the fight against heart disease.
Heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S., kills more women annually than all forms of cancer combined.
“As women, we tend to focus on fighting female cancers, forgetting the number one killer of women is cardiovascular disease,” Kim Montagne, FNP
, director of Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute
. “Women need to remember that cardiovascular disease doesn’t just happen to men; one in three women has some form of cardiovascular disease. I’ve had female patients in their early thirties who have been in with a heart attack.”
“Participation nationwide was tremendous last year and we would love to see it spread throughout our community as well,” said Montagne. “It is so powerful to see a sea of red showing support and raising awareness about heart disease among women.”
This Friday, Montagne encourages people to put on their favorite red dress, tie, blouse or polo and wear it with pride to send a powerful message to fight heart disease in women.
National Wear Red Day is part of the Go Red for Women campaign, a movement designed to alert people about heart disease while empowering women to take charge of their heart health.
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