For Immediate Release
February 1, 2012

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

KDHE Encourages Kansans to Wear Red Feb. 3

Raise Awareness in the Fight Against Heart Disease in Women

TOPEKA, Kan. - In recognition of National Wear Red Day and the fight against heart disease in women, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) encourages Kansans to wear red on Friday Feb. 3.

 “More women die of cardiovascular disease than from the next four causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer,” said Dr. Moser, KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer. “But 80 percent of cardiac events in women could be prevented if women made the right choices for their hearts involving diet, exercise and abstinence from smoking. Wear red and make it your mission to learn all about preventing heart attacks and stroke.”

Of the 5,404 Kansas deaths related to heart disease in 2010, 2,614 were women. Most of the major risk factors related to heart disease are modifiable. Lifestyle and behavioral changes can lead to modification of these risk factors, which can reduce the risk of mortality and morbidity due to heart disease and stroke. The major modifiable risk factors for heart disease and stroke include:

This observance promotes the life-saving awareness-to-action movement by putting on a favorite red dress, red shirt, red tie or red pin. Together, we will continue to urge women to protect their hearts, as heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women.

For more information about health disease and stroke go to: www.kdheks.gov/cardio.