Published: February 7, 2020
Did you know that February marks American Heart Month? Did you know that heart disease is the #1 health risk of all Americans?
That’s why during February the American Heart Association (AHA) is raising awareness about heart disease and stroke. The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, the organization now includes more than 22.5 million supporters. The AHA funds innovative research, fights for stronger public health policies, and provides critical tools and information to save and improve lives.
In 2004, the American Heart Association faced a challenge. Cardiovascular disease claimed the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year, yet women were not paying attention. In fact, many even dismissed it as an older man’s disease. To dispel the myths and raise awareness of heart disease & stroke as the number one killer of women, the AHA created Go Red for Women, a passionate initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health.
Since its founding, Go Red has raised awareness and funds to support scientific research right here in the Sacramento Area. Go Red has created free local programs and encourages women to live heart healthy lifestyles through education outreach.
Go Red also recognizes the first Friday in February as Wear Red Day, a fun and visual way to support heart disease research and education. Today, we encourage you to Go Red! If you or someone you know has heart disease or you just want to educate others about a woman’s #1 health risk – please wear your best red and post using #GoRedSac on social media!