Go Red For Women

BACKGROUND

GRFW-13-Group-30-flat-300x213Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women – mothers, sisters, daughters, friends – and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.

  • Heart disease causes one in three women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.
  • An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease.
  • Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
  • While one in 30 American women dies from breast cancer each year, heart disease causes one in three deaths among women each year.
  • Only 43 percent of African American women and 44 percent of Hispanic women know that heart disease is their greatest health risk, compared with 60 percent of white women.
  • Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, yet only one in five American women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat.
  • Women are less likely to call 9-1-1 for themselves when experiencing symptoms of a heart attack than they are for someone else.

The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women is the world’s largest network standing together to end heart disease. For more than a decade, we’ve led the fight to protect women’s hearts through research and education. Millions of women are uniting by wearing a red dress, our public symbol of the fight. The more women we mobilize to stop our No. 1 health threat, the more lives we can save.

Download Go Red For Women Fact Sheet

Questions? Contact Tabitha.Poplaski@heart.org

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