​Go Red for Women Awareness Campaign

Did you know that...?  
  • Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women over the age of 25.
  • Heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases claim the lives of more than 500,000 women each year.
  • Of the women who die, one in 29 die of breast cancer. About one in every two women dies of heart disease or stroke.
  • A survey commissioned by the American Heart Association shows that only 8 percent of American women consider heart disease and stroke their greatest health threats.
  • More women die from cardiovascular disease than men.
What is Go Red for Women?
In February (American Heart Month) 2004 the American Heart Association (AHA) launched the Go Red for Women campaign as a critical step toward raising awareness that cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death for women...not breast cancer, as commonly thought.
Go Red for Women will target women and empower them with the knowledge and tools they need to make positive lifestyle changes that will help reduce their risk of heart disease. The campaign features the color red as the symbol for women and heart disease, because red evokes passion, confidence, quickens the heart and signals change.
What Can You Do?  
  • Wear red on the first Friday in February, "National Wear Red Day for Women." When you wear red, remember your family and friends who have suffered from heart disease, and feel confident that you can help fight it.
  • Call 1-888-MY-HEART or visit americanheart.org to receive a heart-health tool kit. You'll get tips and information on free lifestyle change programs that will help your heart, your health and your life.
  • Learn more about cardiovascular disease.