Firefighters wear red for heart health awareness

February 1, 2013

By Staff

NEW — 10 a.m. Feb. 1, 2013

Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighters and staffers joined others Friday to don red for National Wear Red Day, a nationwide event to raise awareness about heart disease in women.

Nationwide, heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined.

Since the initial National Wear Red Day a decade ago, many strides have been made in the fight against heart disease in women. Milestones include 21 percent fewer woman dying from heart disease, 23 percent more women aware of heart disease as the No. 1 health threat to women, legislation to help end gender disparities, and publishing of gender-specific results, established differences in symptoms and responses to medications and women-specific guidelines for prevention and treatment.

National Wear Red Day reminds women to take action against heart disease. The annual event urges women to eat healthier, get more physically active and talk to doctors about risks for heart disease.

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