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Go Red for Women: Raising Awareness of Women’s Heart Disease

Did you know that cardiovascular disease is the #1 cause of death for women in the United States?

In 2017 it was responsible for one in every five women’s deaths in the United States. It killed almost 300,000 women over the course of the year. Yet many people aren’t aware of their personal risk factors for heart disease.

Raising awareness

Go Red for Women is designed to raise awareness of that risk. On the first Friday in February, people wear red to show their support for women and make a commitment to heart health. It’s designed to make sure we all know the risks and the warning signs.

Symptoms of heart attack and heart disease in general can be more subtle in women than men, so it’s easy to miss the symptoms and brush them off as not a serious issue. Knowing the symptoms could save your life or the life of someone you know.  Take the time to educate yourself and make a change.

More than a single day

Go Red for Women is about more than just awareness—it’s about making a change in the way that we live and creating a better future for women in the United States. At Oklahoma Heart Hospital, we want to help people keep their heart healthy for years to come. 

We encourage you to support Go Red for Women by wearing red on the first Friday in February, but we also want you to go beyond just wearing red. Tell your friends about it. Learn the symptoms of heart disease and stroke for women. Make lifestyle changes to reduce your personal risk and encourage those around you to do the same. Stand together with Go Red for Women and make a commitment to better health.

Whether you’re doing it for yourself or someone else, Go Red for Women is a choice to encourage awareness of your cardiovascular system. Make sure you and your loved ones know what they’re dealing with when it comes to cardiac health. Call today to schedule an appointment with one of our Oklahoma Heart Hospital specialists. 

If you’re interested in financially supporting heart health for women, you can make a donation to the Oklahoma Heart Hospital Research Foundation.