Each year, the first Friday in February is designated as National Wear Red Day. Red is a bold, eye-catching color that symbolizes love and the heart. And so it’s fitting that wearing red on this particular day is intended to raise awareness about heart disease. Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is a renowned heart hospital in Las Vegas. This February, we’re proud to support National Wear Red Day, and we encourage our neighbors to take proactive steps to protect their heart health . Our physicians and cardiologists are here to help.
Background of National Wear Red Day
Many men and women still believe that heart disease kills more men than women. But according to the American Heart Association , heart disease results in the deaths of almost half a million women in the U.S. each year.
Since women weren’t receiving the information they needed to make informed decisions for their heart health, the American Heart Association decided to take action. In 2003, the group teamed up with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and created National Wear Red Day.
Progress in heart health
The American Heart Association has credited National Wear Red Day with empowering women to make the healthy lifestyle changes needed to reduce the risk of heart disease. Since 2003, fewer women are dying from heart disease, and many women have:
- Gotten their cholesterol levels checked
- Started or increased exercise
- Changed their diets
- Lost weight
- Spoken with their doctors about heart health
Although this is promising news, there’s a great deal more work to be done, and it starts with you.
Steps you can take
In addition to wearing red this February, make a commitment to support your heart health. Talk to your doctor about screening tests, choose low-sodium meals and get active. Every small change you make now can help you prevent heart disease later.
Call 911 immediately if you think you might be having a heart attack. If you just need to get in touch with a nurse in Las Vegas to request a physician referral, you can call (702) 233-5300. Heart Center at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is an accredited Chest Pain Center, and offers an atrial fibrillation program and cardiac rehabilitation program.