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Why You Should Go Red for Women This Month

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Happy Heart Month! And no, we’re not just talking about Valentine’s Day. February also marks American Heart Month, an annual reminder to ‘listen to your heart’ and protect your health. To spread awareness about preventing cardiovascular disease and stroke, Philadelphia magazine and the American Heart Association have teamed up to Go Red for Women in 2020.

Although heart disease affects women and men at the same rates, women aren’t as aware of their risk as men tend to be. They can also experience different symptoms or no signs at all. Approximately 64% of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms. Prevention goes a long way, though. Researchers have also found that walking reduces the risk of cardiovascular events by 31%, for example. 

In this year’s issue of Go Redyou’ll hear more about women who are committing to a healthier lifestyle and lifting others up. They’re advocating for policies that end food insecurity, teaching children the importance of healthy eating and raising funds for vital research.

To hear their stories and learn more about what you can do to help, visit Go Red online and start taking action.