There's always more to discover with an AARP membership! Check out your member benefits.
by Carole Carson, AARP, February 1, 2010
Don’t worry if you see red this Friday, Feb. 5; you don’t have an anger issue.
Feb. 5 is National Wear Red Day,® part of an effort by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to promote health awareness for women.
Many people are aware that heart disease, whether in the form of an attack or a stroke, is the number-one killer of men. But fewer of us know that heart disease is also the number-one killer of women.
Although heart disease is responsible for nearly one in every four deaths of American women each year, apparently, some women still do not make the connection between heart disease and personal risk factors, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol. More education is needed, given the life-threatening nature of the condition.
The information provided by WomenHeart, The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, is sobering:
What can you do? First, you can educate yourself. Once aware of the risks, share your knowledge with the women you know. You can also promote heart-healthy habits and make yourself an example for others to follow.
We owe it to our families to learn how to care for our hearts. But we also have an obligation to spread the word to our friends, sisters, mothers, daughters, grandmothers, and granddaughters. Heart disease hurts the patient, but it also hurts everyone who loves the patient. As a sister, mother, and grandmother, I’m going to do my part. What about you?
® National Wear Red Day is a registered trademark of HHS and AHA.
Please leave your comment below.
You must be logged in to leave a comment.
Enter address, city, state, or ZIP code.
Driver Safety (0)
Tax Aide (0)
Entertainment & Dining (0)
Healthcare & Insurance (0)
Financial Services & Insurance (0)
Member Local Offers (0)
Visit the AARP state page for information about events, news and resources near you.
This tool helps you identify your pills by color, shape and markings.
Members save 15% on the box of their choice.
Members can take a free confidential hearing test by phone.
AARP members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.
You are leaving AARP.org and going to the website of our trusted provider. The provider’s terms, conditions and policies apply. Please return to AARP.org to learn more about other benefits.
Your email address is now confirmed.
Manage your email preferences and tell us which topics interest you so that we can prioritize the information you receive.
Explore all that AARP has to offer.
In the next 24 hours, you will receive an email to confirm your subscription to receive emails
related to AARP volunteering. Once you confirm that subscription, you will regularly
receive communications related to AARP volunteering. In the meantime, please feel free
to search for ways to make a difference in your community at