The first Friday in February is annually dedicated to women’s heart and cardiovascular health and the American Heart Association (AHA), in conjunction with the American Stroke Association (ASA), has dubbed it, Wear Red Day. This year’s event takes place on Feb. 5 and continues to honor survivors, caregivers and build awareness for what is the No. 1 killer of women.
The goal of this day is to not only spread awareness, but the hope of someday putting an end to heart disease and stroke, two conditions which put millions of women, all over the country, at risk. Almost 80% of cardiac-related attacks, which results in the death of 1-in-3 women, can be prevented, but it is on all of us to take charge of maintaining our own optimal heart health. However, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has only added an increased risk to women who are prone to cardiovascular diseases.
How to observe Wear Red Day
It is quite simple, just wear red and take to social media in mentioning the cause and why you support it. You can do this by wearing a red shirt, pants, shoes, accessories (like lipstick), a hat, just to name a few, but it all encourages essentially ‘painting the town red’ for the occasion. The great news is that 87% of all heart-related issues are believed to be preventable, but in also helping build awareness for research, it helps educate others and promote healthy lifestyles.
There are three main types of strokes. The first being an ischemic attack, which is the most common among the three. It occurs when arteries become blocked and blood is unable to flow. Another is a hemorrhagic attack, which is the result of an artery, in the brain, rupturing and leaking blood. Finally, there is what is commonly referred to as a ‘mini stroke’, a transient ischemic attack. This happens when blood flow to the brain is blocked and usually lasts no more than five minutes.
Be a catalyst for improving not only yourself, but those whom you care about, as well. You can take control of your health by ensuring you are staying active, drinking water and maintaining a heart-healthy diet too. Your meal plan should consist of healthy fats (nuts, olive oil), fruits and vegetables, fiber (whole grains), protein (fish, lean meat) and low-fat dairy products.
There are approximately 4,096,607 registered nurses in the industry today, of which the workforce is roughly 85% female. It is vital for our essential healthcare heroes also take care of their own hearts, in finding time to be active and by incorporating heart-healthy foods into their daily diets as well.
Join us in celebrating all our travel nurses, their patients and survivors, using any of the following tags: #WearRedDay, #GoRedForWomen, #WearRed, #CodeRed and #GoRed!
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