Go Red for Women Day raises awareness about heart disease

HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY AMERICAN HEART MONTH IN FEBRUARY IS PERFECT TIME TO TAKE ACTION TO LOWER RISK OF HEART DISEASE - WIMS AM 1420

HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY AMERICAN HEART MONTH IN FEBRUARY IS PERFECT TIME TO TAKE ACTION TO LOWER RISK OF HEART DISEASE - WIMS AM 1420

Friday morning, a National Wear Red Day Proclamation was held at Chattanooga City Hall where the executive director of the American Heart Association spoke about why the day is celebrated.

"Go Red For Women" encourages awareness of the issue of women and heart disease and uses social media as an interactive platform to empower women to take charge of their health.

Nearly half of Americans have heart disease, a significant increase over prior years largely because of a newly expanded definition of high blood pressure, the American Heart Association said Thursday.

Long Beach Medical Center offers a comprehensive cardiovascular evaluation for women and men that focuses on early detection and prevention strategies to improve an individual's life-long health and well-being. Study noted that roughly 80 percent of all cardiovascular disease can be prevented by managing high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, along with living healthy lifestyle behaviors such as quit smoking or not smoking.

Staff at MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center form a giant heart to raise awareness of heart disease.

"I am so proud of our associates for standing in solidarity with the millions of women battling heart disease".