Why You Should Wear Red Today
Put on your reddest hat, dress, or shirt—because it’s National Wear Red Day!
The American Heart Association (AHA) sponsors this event and urges people to sport crimson clothing to help raise awareness of heart disease in women and improve the lives of women around the world.
According to the goredforwomen.org, heart disease is now the number one cause of death among women. In fact, one woman dies from it every minute. That’s why the AHA is urging people to “go red for women” today and advocate for further research into this terrible disease.
So far, the organization has spent more than $3.3 billion on studies involving heart disease and strokes in an effort to improve cardiovascular health and reduce related deaths 20% by 2020. Yet, the AHA still has a long way to go to reach that goal—and you can help!
How you can advocate
The Wear Red Day website suggests several ways you and your friends can advocate for women’s heart health. Of course, you can wear red to show support for and solidarity with those currently living with cardiovascular disease, and you can give toward heart-related research. You could also purchase Go Red Gear, knowing the proceeds will support the Wear Read Day mission. The AHA also offers lots of information, as well, on heart disease prevention, facts, and statistics so you can help advocate for research.
How you can take care of yourself
The Wear Red Day event also emphasizes personal heart care and awareness. The AHA suggests you watch out for the following signs of a heart attack:
- Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back.
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
- Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
- As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
If you experience any of these symptoms, please call 911 immediately.
And if you can, make a donation to the American Heart Association in honor of National Wear Red Day. Let’s fight for the health of all women!