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Celebrate Heart Health Every Day!

The importance of heart health for women is highlighted annually on National Wear Red Day (the first Friday of February every year, celebrated this year on February 4, 2011).

Although significant progress has been made in increasing awareness with women that heart disease is their #1 killer, most women still do not make the connection between its risk factors and their personal risk of developing heart disease. Do you know your risk factors? Important factors to consider include high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, being overweight, being physically inactive, having a family history of early heart disease, and age (55 or older for women).

Let the color red remind you today and every day of the importance of protecting your heart health. It's never too early, or too late, to take action to prevent and control the risk factors for heart disease.  We encourage you to have an open dialogue with your healthcare provider to discuss your heart health and establish an action plan for long term wellness.  Regular routine exams and appropriate preventative screenings are a great foundation for healthy living. 

For more information about American Hearth Month and the importance of heart health for women, visit the National Heart Blood and Lung Institute’s website.  

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