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Published on February 03, 2016

MU Cardiovascular Team Invites Community to Participate in Wear Red Day

Annual event raises awareness for women, heart disease

To raise awareness among women that heart disease is their No. 1 health threat, University of Missouri Health Care’s cardiovascular team invites central Missourians to participate in this year’s National Wear Red Day on Friday, Feb. 5.

The annual health observance is a nationwide event that encourages Americans to wear red to show support for women’s heart disease awareness.

“National Wear Red Day is a great opportunity for us all to better understand heart disease and how it affects women,” said Jessica Holt, RN, a nurse coordinator at MU Health Care’s Heart Valve Clinic. “Although more women are becoming aware that heart disease is their No.1 killer, many still fail to make the connection between risk factors and the threat that they could develop the disease. By joining together, we can raise awareness in our community and help lead women on the path to prevention.”

In addition to wearing red, women also can participate by having their blood pressure and cholesterol checked or scheduling a well-woman visit with a physician to look for signs of heart disease, stroke and other illnesses.

“Owning your lifestyle and being educated about your personal risk of developing heart disease is the best medicine,” Holt said. “Know your cholesterol and blood pressure numbers. Know your family history. Stay active and make other healthy choices such as eating right and not smoking. Also, talk to your friends and family about what you are doing to prevent heart disease. We are all in this together.”