Health System Encourages Community to "Go Red" on National Wear Red Day

January 25, 2019 – Did you know that cardiovascular diseases continue to be a big threat to women’s health, killing nearly one in every three women each year? According to the American Heart Association, heart disease claims more lives than all forms of cancer combined. However, nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented through education, awareness and lifestyle changes.

To help increase awareness of women’s heart disease, the Southeast Georgia Health System Cardiopulmonary Services department is encouraging the community to wear red on National Wear Red Day®, Friday, Feb. 1. Additionally, they urge everyone to schedule a prevention appointment to review overall health, including blood pressure and cholesterol, and evaluate early stages of heart disease, stroke risks and other cardiovascular illnesses.

Many health and lifestyle factors may increase the risk of heart disease. Although some risk factors cannot be changed, such as age, race and family history, others can be treated, managed or controlled with the help of a health care provider. Important risk factors for heart disease that are modifiable include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Being overweight
  • Being physically inactive

In 2003, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute launched the “Go Red for Women” campaign to bring awareness to a disease that was claiming the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year. That year, National Wear Red Day was born. Held annually on the first Friday in February, National Wear Red Day aims to bring awareness to cardiovascular risks and remind women of ways to live longer, healthier lives.

To find a health care provider, visit sghs.org, or call toll-free 855-ASK-SGHS (275-7447).

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