In the United States the first Friday of February has been designated
as National Wear Red Day to
bring attention to the problem of heart disease in women. The day, which was first observed
in 2002, aims to bring national attention to the fact that heart disease is the number
one killer of women in the United States.
To make women more aware of the danger of heart disease, the
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
is sponsoring a national program called
The Heart Truth,
in partnership with many national and community organizations to raise awareness about
heart disease and its risk factors among women and educate and motivate them to take
action to prevent the disease and control its risk factors. The institute also supports
critical research to discover scientific knowledge about cardiovascular health to build
healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.