Today, Friday February 5th 2016, is National Wear Red Day. People all over the nation are wearing red in order to raise awareness for women’s heart health, and DUKAL is taking part!
National Wear Red Day began in 2003, and it has been making strides in the fight against heart disease and strokes in women. Each year one in three women, and one in four men will die of either a heart attack or stroke, and days like these help raise awareness. Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States, and it will take more lives than all types of cancer combined1. Every 43 seconds in the United States, someone will have a heart attack, and every minute, someone will die from a heart disease-related event.
Coronary heart disease is the most common form of heart disease, and it kills more than 370,000 people every single year1. It is very important to know the warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack so you can either save your life or someone else’s. Heart attacks have various warning signs such as chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea, lightheadedness, and cold sweats2.
High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking are all key risk factors for heart disease3. Heart attacks and strokes are 80% preventable, and it just takes a little education to save your live! Living a healthy lifestyle helps decrease your chances of developing heart disease. Maintaining a healthy diet and weight, incorporating physical activity, and limiting smoking and alcohol intake are very important to decrease the risk of heart related illness4.
In honor of all those lost to heart disease and strokes, DUKAL wears red to raise awareness!
1CDC, NCHS. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2013 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released 2015. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2013, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed Feb. 3, 2015.
3Fryar CD, Chen T, Li X. Prevalence of Uncontrolled Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease: United States, 1999–2010[PDF-323K]. NCHS data brief, no 103. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2012.
By Giana Iaconetti, Marketing Assistant