Staff at UConn Health wore a piece of red clothing on Friday, Feb. 1, National Wear Red Day, to help raise awareness about the importance of preventing heart disease and stroke in women.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, and disease rates in younger women are increasing.
Yet living a heart-healthy lifestyle can help reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease. Top tips to reduce your risk of heart disease include being active, eating right, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, managing stress and anger, controlling high blood pressure, improving cholesterol levels, controlling diabetes, and quitting smoking.
The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement encourages awareness of the issue of women and heart disease by encouraging both men and women to wear red for National Wear Red Day each year on the first Friday of February, which is designated American Heart Month.