Mayor Nutter signed a proclamation declaring February 1st as Wear Red Day in the City of Philadelphia. This effort is in stride with the American Heart Association’s campaign to raise awareness for heart disease in women. February 1st is also National Wear Red Day across the nation, held on the first Friday of February for the past 10 years.
American Heart Association staff came to City Hall for the proclamation.The Philly311 department helped raise awareness with its “Go Red” Contest.
Heart disease is the leading killer in women. It causes the death of one in three women each year (approximately one woman every minute).
An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by cardiovascular diseases and, since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease.
Because many women are unsuspecting of their risk, it’s important to know the symptoms of a heart attack (from Go Red for Women ):
- Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest that 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.
It’s also important to know the symptoms of a stroke (from the American Heart Association):
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing or blurred vision in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
To learn more about your risk for heart disease, visit Go Red for Women’s Know Your Risk page.
To learn about ways to prevent heart disease, visit Go Red for Women’s Live Healthy page.