Every year on PBS39, we make it a priority to #GoRed on February 6th in honor of National Wear Red Day. According to the American Heart Association, one in three women die of heart disease and stroke every year. They estimate that eighty percent of cardiac events can be prevented.
This year on FOCUS on PBS39, we will explore women and heart disease in a special report called “Act Your Age” airing Friday, February 13. “As you age, for women particularly, the risk for heart disease, specifically coronary artery disease increases,” Anne Mani, MD, of St. Luke’s University Health Network tells FOCUS reporter Brittany Garzillo.
Mani, a cardiologist at St. Luke’s Women’s Heart Center, says many women begin presenting symptoms between ages 60 and 70. “For women, the risk is usually about ten years later than men,” she explains.
I’ve covered National Wear Red Day almost every year since the campaign launched in 2003. Since then, the AHA reports almost 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day.