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National Wear Red Day: Heart Disease Awareness

Updated on September 14, 2014

Raising Awareness for Heart Disease in Women

National Wear Red Day is February 6, 2015. It is the day when men and women across the country show their support for women's heart disease awareness by wearing red. Heart Disease is the #1 killer of women in America. One in four women dies from heart disease. How much do you know about women and heart disease? What can YOU do?

The Red Dress is the symbol for National Red Day and the Go Red for Women movement. National Wear Red Day is your opportunity to join with millions to stand up to heart disease by wearing your favorite red dress, shirt, or tie, or Red Dress Pin.

The Faces of Heart Disease - American Heart Association - Go Red For Women Campaign

Go Red for Women - Red Dress
Go Red for Women - Red Dress

Join the Go Red Movement

**** Get A Free Red Dress Pin ***

Join the Go Red Movement and to fight Heart Disease and receive:

  • a FREE red dress pin.
  • A monthly e-newsletter filled with heart-healthy tips, events and programs, news, recipes, promotions and more. This is an opt-in newsletter, it is not mandatory.
  • Access to exclusive merchandise on Shop Go Red, the proceeds of which benefit Go Red For Women and their cause.
  • Access to the American Heart Association's online message boards.
  • Free subscription to Heart Insight magazine, an American Heart Association quarterly publication.

Go Red for Women - American Heart Disease Red Dress
Go Red for Women - American Heart Disease Red Dress | Source

What You Can Do For Wear Red Day

Leading Causes of Death for American Women

One in four women dies from heart disease. It's the #1 killer of women, regardless of race or ethnicity. It also strikes at younger ages than most people think, and the risk rises in middle age. And, two-thirds of women who have heart attacks never fully recover.

Uncontrollable Risk Factors Associated with Cardiovascular Disease in Women Include:

  • Increasing Age - Over 83 percent of people who die of coronary heart disease are 65 or older. At older ages, women who have heart attacks are more likely than men are to die from them within a few weeks.
  • Family History (heredity) - Children of parents with heart disease are more likely to develop it themselves.
  • Race - African Americans have more severe high blood pressure than Caucasians and a higher risk of heart disease. Heart disease risk is also higher among Mexican Americans, American Indians, native Hawaiians and some Asian Americans. This is partly due to higher rates of obesity and diabetes.

CONTROLLABLE Risk Factors Associated with Cardiovascular Disease Include:

  • High blood pressure (HBP, hypertension)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity and overweight
  • Smoking
  • Physical Inactivity

Keep The Beat: Heart Healthy Recipe Book

Heart Healthy Recipes from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute put together this recipe book and made it available to be viewed or downloaded completely free of charge. The recipes in evolved from research and education projects supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The studies, and subsequently the recipes, were done in order to help Americans keep their hearts strong by reducing their intake of calories, fat, especially saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium.

Keep the Beat provides not only heat healthy recipes, but information and guidelines to help you eat ALL your meals in a heart healthy manner.

Send an eCard for National Wear Red Day

Raise awareness amongst your friends and family with a Wear Red Day eCard. These sites have a variety of cards available.

Go Red For Women Barbie - Limited Edition

This Barbie doll shows her heart, dressed in a brilliant red, ruffly gown. This doll proudly supports The American Heart Association, which will receive $100,000 from Mattel in support of its Go Red For Women movement focused on women and heart disease.


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      TopChristmasToysGifts 5 years ago

      Great lens - just entered your lens in the 'Favourite Colour Lens' Quest.

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      Thanks for bringing awareness to this topic, nice lens.

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      bestbloodpressu 5 years ago

      Nice lens! I have congestive heart failure.

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      Konrad1 5 years ago

      High Five !!!! The red barbie section looks like good ideas for gifts this year.

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      anusk1313 lm 5 years ago

      Hive five! I love red dresses!

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      MorningShine 5 years ago

      "High Five!" Great lens on a very important topic. Thanks for helping to get the word out. Well done.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      A brilliant reason to wear red.

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      VTsquared 6 years ago

      Nice lens. Thank you for helping to bring attention to a disease that touches so many.

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      livinglargeandh 6 years ago

      Really, really nicely done!

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      AngryBaker 6 years ago

      Great lens... thanks

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      Toni Grundstrom 6 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      Great lens bringing attention to heart disease in women. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      Richard 6 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      I wish I had known the date, but I'll be wearing some red the rest of the month :)

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      David Gardner 6 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Nice lens! My dad passed away from a heart-attack, so I can relate to this! Congratulations on a Squidoo masterpiece!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens

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      RecordLady 6 years ago

      Alot of great info.

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      EdwardCarr 6 years ago

      great lense!

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      Brandi 6 years ago from Maryland

      Awesome lens! ;)

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      greenlungsofpoland 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens x love it more power too you!!

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      GenaBug 6 years ago

      Love the page...

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      ~ Cupid Kisses by a Squidoo Angel ~

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      Barb McCoy 7 years ago

      My hubby and I were just talking about this....he wants to wear something red to work today and he doesn't have anything. I did find a red ball cap so guess what he is wearing with his fireman's uniform....his bright red cap. :)

      Thanks for the very informative and beautiful lens.

      Adding to my favorites and blessing.

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      sukkran trichy 7 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      i love this red page. facts about these heart related diseases are alarming. thanks for this beautifully constructed informative lens.

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      sugunalinus 7 years ago

      Really a sad reminder about the care we take about our health .

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      sheriangell 7 years ago

      A much needed lens about a subject we all need to be more aware of. Off to look for red in my closet.

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Thanks for the reminder, kab. I haven't gotten dressed yet today, so will be sure to wear Red.

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      sorana lm 7 years ago

      Great lens. This is the first time I've heard of the 'Go Red Movement'.

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      JaycFrancis 7 years ago

      Thanks for the lens. I never heard of this before. I'll make sure I pick out my red dress for the day :)

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      kab, I just love this red page! Sorry, I forgot to tell you that this lens was featured a week ago on Squidoo Lens Reviews. My only excuse is that I was away for the weekend. Stop by and pick up a badge if you'd like.

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      A wonderful movement to make awareness of heart disease in women more prominent. Very good reminder, having a National Wear Red Day.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @RhondaAlbom: great news! It is international...I know for sure the UK celebrates the first Friday of Feb!

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      I like the wear red idea, maybe it will go international some day.

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      Bus Stop Toy Shop 7 years ago

      Great reminder on a really important subject - well done!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Keep promoting woman's health! I definitely support the red movement. I teach CPR classes in Tampa and thinks it's vital that we continue to educate others in both treatment and prevention.

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      Penny Pincher G 8 years ago

      great lens

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      monarch13 8 years ago

      Thanks for reminding us of this important event!

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      Viewmylisting 8 years ago

      There is so much I was not aware of before reading this. I have seen an increase in the color red being worn today, and just figured it was coincidence... Guess not. Great awareness from you for everyone! Thank you for sharing. 5*

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Well done, wonderful effort to promote important subject. Thank you.

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      QuiltFinger 8 years ago from Tennessee

      Great lens!! Thanks for bringing my attention to the issue, I kept see thing these go red things and not knowing what they were. Five stars!

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens about an important issue. Lensrolled to my own lens about Wear Red Day:

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      regatta 8 years ago

      What a great site. Thanks for the information.

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      Brewsterboy 8 years ago

      Great lens! It's always good to see a lens that helps get the word out. I've done one on Ormonds Disease. Most people have never heard of it, including myself until I was diagnosed. Stop by and check it out if you get a minute.

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      Stunning lens... blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      hlkljgk 8 years ago from Western Mass

      very informative and well designed lens. thanks for stopping by Interesting Visual Statistics and getting me here.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Those health stats are frightening! I have a fab red dress, maybe I should go and put it on.