Everyone is “rocking their red” throughout Freeman Health System to bring increased awareness to the dangers of cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death for women in America.
February is American Heart Month, and Friday, February 3rd is National Wear Red Day, held in conjunction with the American Heart Association.
Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer Paula F. Baker told Newstalk KZRG: “Heart disease is the leading cause of death in American women, and we would like to see that change,” Baker said. “That’s why we’re joining together on ‘Wear Red Day’ to raise awareness of heart health. Women’s symptoms differ from men’s, and sometimes go unnoticed.”
Despite its lethality, only 56% of women recognize heart disease dangers, primarily because warning signs differ significantly between men and women.
For example, while the classical symptoms like chest pains apply to both men and women, women are much more likely to suffer heart-related back pains and shortness of breath, even indigestion.
Therefore knowing exactly what to look for when it comes to heart attack warning signs is paramount.
Thankfully, most cardiovascular diseases can be prevented through healthy lifestyle changes and education.