National Go Red for Women Day is this Friday, Feb. 4

February 2, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women, claiming more women’s lives than all forms of cancer combined.

We know the importance of women’s heart health, especially during pregnancy and menopause (two stages of life that have risk factors for women’s heart health). In addition, as the organization considers its strategic priorities of Belonging and Inclusion, Black and Hispanic women are disproportionally impacted by heart disease and stroke, and research shows heart attacks are on the rise in younger women.

Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s signature women’s initiative designed to increase women’s heart health and stroke awareness. Wear red this Friday, Feb. 4, to show your support for heart health and to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and stroke!

Take a photo of yourself, your family or your pet wearing red. Then, share it on social media using #WearRedDay and #UMHeartHeroes.

On Friday, a Go Red Day Snapchat filter will be available to use anywhere on the main medical campus from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Plus, you can text your photo to 269-579-6655 for inclusion on the Frankel Cardiovascular Center (CVC) Heart Month web page.

Education and awareness opportunities throughout February

Important education and awareness efforts are taking place at Michigan Medicine throughout February: 

  • Save a Heart T-Shirt sale to support programs for patient families at Michigan Medicine’s Congenital Heart Center: Infant onesies, youth and adult t-shirts as well as adult zip-up hoodies are available for purchase. Support our Little Victors and buy your shirt today! 
  • Follow Your Heart to Better Health T-Shirt sale to benefit the CVC Collaborative Programs Fund.
  • Save a Heart 2022 Event, Feb. 26: This year’s event will be held virtually. Attendance is free but registration is required. It’s the perfect opportunity for friends and family that live further away to be able to participate and help support the Congenital Heart Center.
  • Michigan Health Blog articles
  • Women’s cardiovascular health livestream: Getting to the Heart of the Matter: On Feb. 11 at 1 p.m., a panel of Frankel CVC cardiologists including Sara Saberi, M.D., Claire Duvernoy, M.D. and John Bisognano, M.D. will discuss the unique characteristics of heart health in women, how heart attack symptoms vary for women, how things like obesity, pregnancy, cholesterol and high blood pressure can impact women’s heart health, and they will also take questions from viewers. Watch the livestream on YouTube.

We also encourage you to visit the CVC Heart Month web page for details and share the web page with faculty, staff and patients.