American Heart Month

Thank you to all the staff at McLean who have supported "WEAR RED" in honor of American Heart Month.

National Wear Red Day® — the first Friday each February — is part of the American Heart Association's campaign to bring awareness to women about the causes and concerns of heart related conditions, as well as bringing attention to this silent killer of women. National Wear Red Day® encourages everyone to wear red, raise their voices, know their cardiovascular risk and take action to live longer, healthier lives.

A Decade of Success

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Since the first National Wear Red Day in 2003, American Heart Association has made tremendous strides in the fight against heart disease in women. Through research and education to healthy lifestyle changes, we’re proud that:

  1. 34% fewer women now die from heart disease, saving 330 lives every day.
  2. More women are taking ownership of their health by developing healthy lifestyles:

    • 37% are losing weight
    • 43% are checking their cholesterol
    • more than 50% exercise more
    • 60% have improved their diets
    • 33% have 
      developed heart health plans with their doctor.
  3. Awareness is up. 23% more Americans now realize heart disease is the #1 killer of women.
  4. Awareness among minorities is up, doubling among Hispanic women and tripling among African American women.
  5. 15% have quit smoking, and high cholesterol has declined by 18%
  6. More communities have joined the fight. Registration in Go Red For Women is now more than 1.75 mill

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  8. re than 25 million Red Dress Pins have been worn to support the cause. More than 185 cities host GRFW events and luncheons. And more than 2,000 landmarks light up in red on National Wear Red Day.
  9. Legislative efforts are making a difference. Women no longer pay higher premiums than men for health coverage. And 20 states have programs for low-income women to get screenings for heart disease and strokes through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s WISEWOMAN.
  10. More gender-specific guidelines have been developed, because women’s symptoms and responses to medication differ from men’s.
  11. Gender-specific medical research is up. The FDA now requires clinical trial results be reported by gender.
  12. Gender-specific inequalities have been identified, ensuring women receive the same level of treatment as men