For 10 years, women have been fighting heart disease individually and together as part of the Go Red For Women movement. More than 627,000 women’s lives have been saved, thanks to the collective energy, passion, time, money and heart of the 25 million Americans who have supported this movement. But the fight is far from over. An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease. While one in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, one in three dies of heart disease.
“Now is the time to act. Heart disease is still the number one killer of women, and ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease,” said Gabrielle Finley-Hazle, North Shore Medical Center FMC Campus Chief Executive Officer and the 2013 Chair for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Campaign for Miami-Dade and Broward counties. “With the right information, education and care, heart disease in women can be treated, prevented, and even ended.”
In recognition of the 10th National Wear Red Day on February 1, 2013, Go Red For Women asks that Women Go Red, across the country in new and bold ways. In the past, supporters have proudly worn red. But this February, the movement is asking that every landmark, every Main Street, every organization and home in America goes red to shine a spotlight on heart disease in women.
“The Go Red For Women movement has been impacting the health of women for 10 years, and as a result, 330 fewer women are dying per day,” said Finley-Hazle. “We should all feel empowered by this amazing accomplishment and use it as motivation to continue to fight this deadly disease. We can truly make a difference.”
The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement is nationally sponsored by Macy’s and Merck & Co., Inc., with additional support from our local cause supporter Tenet Florida. To join the movement or learn more, please call the local American Heart Association office at 954-772-8100 or visit GoRedForWomen.org.