If you see an unusual number of people wearing red today, it is because February 7 is “National Wear Red Day.” As part of February’s recognition of heart health month, each year on the first Friday in February, across the state and the nation, millions of people will wear red attire to raise awareness of heart disease in women. Women and men throughout the country will be wearing red to show their support of this movement to save women’s lives. Sadly, heart disease is the number one cause of death in both men and women in the U.S., including right here in St. Clair County.
There is good news: 80% of cardiac events can be prevented with lifestyle changes and proper education. Local healthcare providers are also focusing efforts on heart health with McLaren Port Huron set to open the James C. Acheson Heart & Vascular Center, a new comprehensive cardiac and vascular center, this summer.
Reporting for WGRT, Karly Hurley.