4 Ways to Be Aware on National Red Day

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Every first Friday of February marks the National Wear Red Day gaining awareness for Women’s heart health across the country. According to the National Heart Association, heart disease and stroke causes 1-3 deaths among women yearly; more than all cancers combined! Women are also likely to suffer from a heart attack or stroke with very little symptoms. In fact, Coronary Heart Disease is the number one killer in Women. Not only do we need to spread awareness but also get educated on this silent killer. Need some tips on how to get involved? Check out our list below!

  1. Get Educated:

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With technology being as advanced as ever, the world is at your finger tips! There are many resources and links to finding out more information about the statistics of heart diseases among women. Not only are there online resources, but our online bookstore has plenty of books dedicated to heart health and preventing diseases. But you could also ask your doctor when you go in for your next appointment!

  1. Get Checked Out:

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As much as you want to deny, we don’t pay attention to our health as often as we should. According to the National Heart Association, 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with testing, education, and lifestyle changes. Not only can you get blood drawn or get a chest x-ray, other methods are available to know your heart status. They include:

  • Echocardiogram: This noninvasive exam, which includes an ultrasound of your chest, shows detailed images of your heart’s structure and function.
  • Cardiac computerized Tomography (CT) scans:This test is often used to check for heart problems. In a cardiac CT scan, you lie on a table inside a doughnut-shaped machine. An X-ray tube inside the machine rotates around your body and collects images of your heart and chest.
  • Holter Monitoring:A Holter monitor is a portable device you wear to record a continuous ECG, usually for 24 to 72 hours. Holter monitoring is used to detect heart rhythm irregularities that aren’t found during a regular ECG exam.
  1. Donate or Setup Donation Sites:

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The money that people donate yearly goes to research and health related publications such as Women’s Guidelines to educate medical personnel about the risks and treatments to heart disease. So you want to donate or set up a method for other people to donate also? Well, no worries, we got the solutions for you!

  • Donating to the Direct Website of the American Heart Association: https://www.goredforwomen.org/wearredday-donate/
  • Create a fundraiser page for family and friends can donate to the cause.
  • Go shopping at Macy’s. Yes it’s that simple! Macy’s has set up a Go Red Shop where 10% of sales go towards the Go Red Movement. Follow the link to get your shop on!  http://www1.macys.com/m/campaign/sitelets/go-red/the-go-red-shop?cm_sp=gored-_-staticpages-_-go_red_shop

4. Show Your Support By Wearing Red: 

As stated earlier, every first Friday of February is dedicated to this amazing movement. Encourage your family, friends, and coworkers to show your support of Heart Awareness in women. Need some inspiration? Check our Goodwill Stores and online store for some vibrant red pieces and accessories!

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