Raising Awareness for Women’s Heart Health
UT Physicians, the clinical practice of McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, is participating in National Wear Red Day this Friday.
The campaign, which was started by the American Heart Association and the National Heart and Blood Institute in 2003, strives to raise awareness about heart disease. Each year, heart disease and stroke claims the lives of nearly 500,000 American women. On Friday, February 3rd, you can join the call to action by wearing red to raise awareness about women’s heart health.
The American Heart Association lists the following accomplishments in women’s health care since the campaign began 15 years ago:
• Nearly 90% of women have made at least one healthy behavior change.
• More than one-third of women has lost weight.
• More than 50% of women have increased their exercise.
• 6 out of 10 women have changed their diets.
• More than 40% of women have checked their cholesterol levels.
• One third of women has talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans.
• Today, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day.
• Death in women has decreased by more than 30 percent over the past 10 years.
You are invited to join UT Physicians in wearing red this Friday. If you have not had your heart health checked in the last year and would like to schedule an appointment, please call 1-888-4UT-DOCS.
— Melissa McDonald, UT Physicians