Wear Red on Friday!

Teri Arnold wants you to wear red on Friday for National Wear Red Day to support heart disease prevention in women for a couple of reasons. First of all, she’s the Director of Marketing and Communications for the American Heart Association, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate, but more importantly, she has been struggling with heart disease herself over the last year.

“My life was saved because I knew the signs and symptoms and called 911,” Arnold told me in an email. Now she wants to make sure other Hampton Roads women know how to stay healthy and prevent and treat heart disease. By simply wearing RED on National Wear Red Day on February 5th and posting pictures to your social media accounts using the hashtag #HRGoRedForWomen and #GoRedWearRed, you can join the cause and help uncover the truth about heart disease.

According to the American Heart Association, an estimated 44 million women in the U.S. are affected by cardiovascular diseases. Heart disease and strokes cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined. Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.

The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement is nationally sponsored by Macy’s, with additional support from local cause supporter Bon Secours Hampton Roads. For more information, please visit GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278) or 757-628-2610. “Like” AHA Hampton Roads on Facebook at Facebook.com/hamptonroadsaha