Hospital plans Wear Red Day

WESTON — For a decade, Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital has participated in Go Red For Women.

The annual national event will take place the first Friday in February. Both women and men are encouraged to wear red as a way to raise awareness of the importance of heart disease education.

The statistics for heart disease in women are surprising. Many times women have atypical heart attack symptoms, but oftentimes without any chest pain at all. Typical symptoms are commonly seen in men as well. Our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends are at risk.

Heart disease and stroke causes one in three deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined. Fortunately, that statistic can be changed because 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.

Go Red for Women encourages women to educate themselves of the risks associated with heart disease and stroke. The movement aims to inspire women to make lifestyle changes, mobilize communities and shape policies to save lives.

Since the first National Wear Red Day in 2003, there have been tremendous strides in the fight against heart disease and stroke in women. Through research and education to healthy lifestyle changes, it has been found that:

• Nearly 90% have made at least one healthy behavior change

• More than one-third has lost weight

• More than 50% have increased their exercise

• Six out of 10 have changed their diets

• More than 40% have checked their cholesterol levels

• One third has talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans

• Today, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day.