FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Raising awareness for cardiovascular disease is the purpose of designating February as Heart Month.
Febr. 7 is an important day for the month-long initiative, National Wear Red Day.
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“We are wearing red today to celebrate the whole concept of prevention and wellness in cardiovascular disease,” said Dr. Roy Robertson, Parkview Heart Institute President.
Robertson said that heart health concerns are often not taken seriously enough.
“It's the number one killer of women and men in the United States,” Roberston said. “We need to be aware of that.”
Healthcare professionals hope National Wear Red Day can raise awareness of Cardiovascular Disease in the Fort Wayne community, especially for women.
“Cardiovascular disease kills more women than all of the cancers combined,” said Jana Bakle, Women’s Special Emphasis Program Manager with the VA Northern Indiana Healthcare System.
To reduce the chance of cardiovascular disease, Bakle recommends taking small steps such as mixing in a low-sodium meal or taking a walk instead of sitting on the couch.
“You don’t have to be ‘Miss Workout’ and go to the gym every day,” Bakle said. “It's about adding in those little changes that can make a big difference.”
To learn more about steps you can take to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease click here.