American Heart Month Events and Info

February 01, 2016


American Heart Month/Wear Red Day

President Lyndon B. Johnson declared the first American Heart Month in 1964. Ever since then, the month of February has been dedicated to cardiovascular health. In his declaration to kick off the annual awareness campaign last year, President Obama wrote, “My Administration is committed to leading a new era of medicine — one that delivers the right treatment at the right time — and to ensuring Americans live longer, healthier, more productive lives.” Cardiovascular disease is the nation’s No. 1 killer of both men and women, but steps can be taken to reduce risk and improve outcome. The American Heart Association is constantly conducting research and raising awareness to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans.

This February 5th, help the American Heart Association and Go Red For Women celebrate American Heart Month and raise heart disease awareness by participating in National Wear Red Day. Every 80 seconds, one woman is killed by heart disease and stroke. That’s 1 in 3 deaths among women each year. These statistics can be shocking, but building awareness is one of the best ways to fight this horrible disease. Did you know that 80% of these deaths can be prevented with education and action? By wearing red and using #GoRedWearRed you are helping raise women’s awareness and support education on cardiovascular health. Visit this page to learn more about the Wear Red Day movement and Shop Heart to gear up!

 Get Your Numbers: Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure, cholesterol and  glucose.

 Own Your Lifestyle: Stop smoking, lose weight, be physically active and eat healthy.

 Raise Your Voice: Advocate for more women-related research and education.

 Educate Your Family: Make healthy food choices for you and your family. Teach your kids  the importance of staying active.

 Donate: Show your support with a donation of time or money.


American Heart Month statistics:

In the United States…

  • Fewer Americans have been dying of heart disease and stroke since the 1980s thanks to progress in medical therapies for patients with a history of heart disease and stroke and from lifestyle changes that are curbing the risk.
  • In every year since 1900 except 1918, CVD accounted for more deaths than any other major cause of death in the United States. Stroke still ranks fifth.
  • An estimated 85.6 million people in the U.S. are living with cardiovascular diseases, including heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure and chest pain.
  • Among U.S. adults, 32.6 percent—about 80 million—have high blood pressure.
  • Despite an overall 28.8 percent drop in cardiovascular disease death rates from 2003 to 2013, the high blood pressure death rate increased 8.2 percent over that same time.
  • Heart Disease & Stroke Statistics Update

Black History Month

Every February, Americans celebrate Black History Month as well as the achievements and role in history of black Americans. This month is especially important to the American Heart Association because it gives us an opportunity to connect more with the black community and educate on health issues they face. Did you know that blacks have higher death rates for stroke compared to whites? Or that over half of black men and over ¾ of black women are obese? Differences in culture, lifestyle, and genetics have an impact on the cardiovascular health of all races, but blacks have some of the highest risk.

African-American risk facts:

  • Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death for African-American women, killing over 48,000 annually.
  • Among African-Americans adults, 48 percent of women and 46 percent of men have some form
  • of cardiovascular disease.
  • Among African-American adults, 46 percent of women and 45 percent of men have high blood pressure.
  • Of African-American women ages 20 and older, 48.3% have cardiovascular disease. Yet, only 14% believe that cardiovascular disease is their greatest health problem.
  • Only about 50% of African-American women are aware that pain that spreads to the shoulders, neck, or arms is a sign of a heart attack.

Visit these pages for more information:

African-Americans and Heart Disease, Stroke | Power to End Stroke | PTES: Know the Facts | Empowered To Serve 



From February 17-19, the International Stroke Conference is being held in Los Angeles, CA. This event is dedicated to the research and education of stroke, America’s No. 5 killer. Research presented at ISC has life-saving potential. Registered media can access the ISC 2016 NEWSROOM here.


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The Hub is a one stop page that allows you to see the latest news/information, heart and stroke health tips and stats and AHA/ASA events. You can share, favorite, retweet, and more right from the Social Media Hub.

Important Days in February

2/1 – Beginning of American Heart Month, Black History Month. Advance media registration for ISC closes

2/2 – Groundhog Day, FREE Focused and Fit Webinar: Join a dynamic panel of women in celebration of Black History Month and National Heart Month

2/5National Wear Red Day, use #GoRedWearRed

2/7-2/14 Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week

2/11 – Red Dress Collection and fashion show including livestream of the show, use #RedDressCollection

2/14-2/20Heart Failure Awareness Week

2/14Valentine’s Day

2/15 – Presidents’ Day

2/16-2/19International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles, CA. Visit the ISC 2016 NEWSROOM for information

2/28-3/1 Quality of Care and Outcomes Research (QCOR) 2016 Scientific Sessions in Phoenix, AZ

2/29 – Leap Day