Local hospitals participate in National Wear Red Day
To raise awareness of heart disease in women, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise was among many hospitals across the nation that encouraged its physicians, associates and staff to wear red on Friday – in honor of the annual National Wear Red Day.
Health experts say heart disease is the leading cause of death in women in the United States. Heart disease claims more lives than the next seven leading causes of death combined.
February is American Heart Month. Currently, studies show 42.7 million American women are living with some form of cardiovascular disease.
According to the website goredforwomen,org,, since National Wear Red Day started ten years ago, significant strides have been made in the fight against heart disease in women.
• 21% fewer women dying from heart disease
• 23% more women aware that it's their No. 1 health threat
• Publishing of gender-specific results, established differences in symptoms and responses to medications and women-specific guidelines for prevention and treatment
• Legislation to help end gender disparities
To dispel some of the myths of heart disease as the No. 1 killer of women, the American Heart Association,along with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute created National Wear Red Day.
Now, each year, on the first Friday in February, millions of women and men come together to wear red, and show that they’re taking action and commit to fighting the disease, the webpage stated.
(photo: courtesy Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center)