DALLAS – Feb. 6, 2020 — The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, and its signature movement, Go Red for Women, nationally sponsored by CVS Health, are rallying women to take action throughout American Heart Month in February against their number 1 killer – cardiovascular disease. Women, and those who love them, can show their support by wearing red on National Wear Red Day® this Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.
Last night, Feb. 5, 2020, the entertainment industry showed its support for the cause at the annual Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection. The event, featuring performances by Meghan Trainor and Shania Twain, brought together dozens of stars and pop culture icons, who hit the catwalk to shine a light on heart disease in women. Founded by The Heart Truth® program at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health, the Red Dress Collection serves as the Association’s Go Red for Women national marquee event aimed at increasing awareness of heart disease and stroke globally and uniting women as a relentless force to end it. Photos, videos and b-roll from the red carpet, backstage and the runway can be found here.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among women and claims more lives than all forms of cancer combined with disparities in care continuing to persist:
- Cardiovascular disease can be different in women than in men, and women may experience different signs or symptoms than men.
- Women continue to be underrepresented in research and experience inequities in care including longer wait times for treatment.
- Women make up less than half of all clinical trial participants globally with women of color only accounting for 3%.
- Biological differences between men and women often are not adequately accounted for in clinical trials and other studies which provide the foundation to treat cardiovascular disease.
- Research shows that women are potentially more likely to survive a heart attack if their doctor is female, yet in today’s workforce women are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields by 25%.
“Powering the future of women’s heart and brain health is imperative to the work we do at the American Heart Association and to the mission of Go Red for Women,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer of the American Heart Association. “With 1 in 3 women dying of cardiovascular disease, we must ensure women are equitably represented in research.”
In its 16th year, Go Red for Women encourages awareness of heart disease and stroke, working in communities around the world to help women understand that cardiovascular disease is their greatest health threat and empowers them to take action to lower their risk. The movement will continue to help women take charge of their health, demand equal access to healthcare for all women and increase the number of women in STEM careers.
“This February, women must stand together, show support and demand to be represented equally in cardiovascular disease research and care,” said Brown. “We’re continuing to forge news paths and inspire younger generations of women to create health solutions for women.”
The public can support women’s heart health and the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement during American Heart Month in the following ways:
Wear Red and Give on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020
Wear red on National Wear Red Day to raise awareness among women about heart disease and stroke. You can make a donation to support Go Red for Women at WearRedDay.org or at your local CVS Pharmacy on Feb. 7, 2020 and throughout the month. Join the social media conversation by using #WearRedAndGive.