Most of us tend to think of heart disease as being a man’s health issue. But that’s not the case: It’s the number one killer of women in the United States, according to the American Heart Association.
Creating awareness of this fact is what Go Red for Women Day is all about. In 2003, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the American Heart Association and other organizations committed to women's health joined together to raise awareness of women and heart disease.
The NHLBI introduced the red dress as a national symbol for women and heart disease awareness, and the American Heart Association adopted the image to create synergy among all organizations committed to fighting this cause.
Crouse Hospital supports Go Red for Women with various promotions and activities during February — American Heart Month. While the little red dress has become synonymous with Go Red, Crouse has its own unique icon. Each February, our landmark clock tower is illuminated in red to serve as a reminder that cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death for both men and women in our country.
Check out the red tower on the Syracuse skyline. And as long as you’re online, read more about heart disease right now. The more you know, the better off your heart will be!
Additional Heart Health Resources at Crouse Hospital
Feb. 17: Free Community Education Seminar About Health Health
Crouse's Cardiac Care Center and nationally accredited Chest Pain Center
Crouse Hospital's Board-Certified Cardiologists
Cardiovascular Center of Excellence Online Resource
Interactive Tool to Determine Your Risk for Heart Disease
Take the quiz now and share it with those you care about!