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Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Encourages Everyone to Wear Red on Friday, February 7

For a decade, Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston has participated in Go Red For Women®. The annual national event is scheduled for the first Friday in February. Both women and men are encouraged to wear red as a way to remind everyone the importance of educating people, especially women, about heart disease.

The statistics for women and heart disease is surprising. Though much information has been distributed about heart attack, the typical symptoms apply to men. Many times women have atypical heart attack symptoms and many times without any chest pain at all.

Our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends are at risk. Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year - more than all cancers combined. Fortunately, that statistic can be changed because 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.

The Go Red for Women movement encourages women to get informed about the risks of heart disease and stroke. Know the red flags. Know one's own heart health story. Go Red For Women inspires women to make lifestyle changes, mobilize communities, and shape policies to save lives.

Since the first National Wear Red Day in 2003, there have been tremendous strides in the fight against heart disease and stroke in women. Through research and education to healthy lifestyle changes, it has been found that:
Nearly 90% have made at least one healthy behavior change.
More than one-third has lost weight.
More than 50% have increased their exercise.
6 out of 10 have changed their diets.
More than 40% have checked their cholesterol levels.
One third has talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans.
Today, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day.

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