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Wear red for women’s heart health

Written By: Melissa McDonald, UT Physicians | Updated: January 16, 2019
Raising awareness for women's heart health.

Raising awareness for women's heart health.

Time to grab your best red shirt, tie or more! February 1 and National Wear Red Day will be here before you know it.

Raise awareness for women’s heart health

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 1, 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 have 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 have spoken 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 staff and health care providers in wearing red on February 1. If you have not had your heart health checked in the last year and would like to schedule an appointment, please call 888-4UT-DOCS.

As the clinical practice of McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston, UT Physicians has locations across the Greater Houston area to serve the community. To schedule an appointment, call 888-4UT-DOCS.