Heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 killer of women in San Diego County, killing over 3,400 mothers, daughters, wives and sisters each year.
To raise awareness of the devastating effects of cardiovascular disease, as well as the steps that can be taken to reduce this risk, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors proclaimed Feb. 1 as "National Wear Red Day."
Supervisor Pam Slater-Price urged all San Diegans to show their support for women and the fight against heart disease. "By increasing awareness and empowering women to reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease, we can save thousands of lives each year."
"We thank Chairman Greg Cox and Supervisor Pam Slater-Price for bringing this life-saving message to the people of San Diego County and for helping in the ongoing fight against heart disease and stroke," said Dianne York-Goldman, American Heart Association volunteer and Chair of the 2008 Circle of Red.
York-Goldman stressed that recent data shows that huge steps have been taken in the fight against heart disease and stroke, but the fact remains that the No. 1 killer in our communities continues to be cardiovascular disease.
"Heart disease kills more women than the next five causes of death combined, yet only 21 percent of women view heart disease as a health threat," York-Goldman noted, adding that most women aren't aware of their risk or do not realize there are simple steps they can take to help prevent and manage this disease.
In addition to San Diego County, the cities of Chula Vista and Del Mar made similar proclamations in support for the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women campaign.
American Heart Month, nationally designated by presidential proclamation each year, raises awareness of cardiovascular disease and encourages all Americans to learn more about its risk factors, its various warning signs and lifesaving emergency response techniques.
For more information about the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement, visit www.GoRedForWomen.org.