Did you know that National Wear Red Day is celebrated each year on the first Friday in February? It is celebrated to bring attention to heart disease, which is the leading cause of death for Americans. More than 610,000 people die every year from heart disease, making it a more lethal disease in the US and around the world.

Here are some facts about Heart Disease

  • In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds. Each minute, more than one person in the United States dies from a heart disease-related event.
  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2015 were in men.
  • Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most common type of heart disease, killing over 370,000 people annually.
  • Every year about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 525,000 are a first heart attack and 210,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack.

How to celebrate Wear Red Day?

Taking the advice of Dr. Fernando Vazquez, you can start by scheduling an appointment with your doctor to have a check-up on your heart and find out where you’re sitting.  Every day you ignore is one more opportunity for heart disease to get a stronger hold on your heart, and increases your risk of a heart attack.  Take a good look at your diet and see if there are some places there for improvement.  Most of us have things we can do to improve the way we eat, an opportunity to make better and healthier choices.  You can also use it to start getting ready to get out and exercise, another great way to reduce your susceptibility to heart disease, and last but not least, wear something RED of course!

For more information about Heart Disease visit https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm