VALDOSTA -- The South Health District will celebrate National Wear Red Day for Women Feb. 6.
National Wear Red Day for Women, sponsored by the American Heart Association, has been established to draw attention to heart disease, which is women's greatest health threat. The AHA is encouraging everyone to wear red -- such as a red dress, shirt, tie, lapel pin or other items.
Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and 3 killers of women over the age of 25. Heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases claim the lives of more than half a million women each year, about one death every minute. That is more lives than the next seven causes of death combined, and nearly twice as many as all forms of cancer, including breast cancer.
Of the women who die, one in 29 die of breast cancer; about one out of every 2.4 women die of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular disease. Every year since 1984, more women than men have died of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular disease. The difference in deaths is currently more than 65,000 per year, according to the Southeast Affiliate of the AHA.
"The statistics in Georgia are parallel with the national numbers," Dr. Lynne D. Feldman, district public health director, said. "Women are at a higher risk, and sadly this can be preventable. With proper diet and exercise, both men and women could avoid disability and even death from CVD."
For information on CVD or programs offered in your area, contact the South Health District at 229-333-5290 or toll free at 866-801-5360.
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