several people dressed in red holding signs that say #MayoWearRed

ROCHESTER, Minn. ― People across the nation will wear red on
Friday, Feb. 7, joining the effort to raise awareness of heart
disease
and stroke as
the most dangerous threats to a woman’s health. Nationally, 1 in 3 women die
from cardiovascular disease.

National
Wear Red Day
takes place on the first Friday in February, which is National
Heart Month. The special day ― and the attention-getting color ― are a call for
women to take charge of their cardiovascular health, and encourage their
mothers, daughters and friends to do the same.

“Women can make a difference by knowing their risk
factors for heart disease, including female-specific risks, such as gestational
diabetes and preeclampsia,” says Rekha
Mankad, M.D.
, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist and director of the Women’s
Heart Clinic
in Rochester. “They should also understand that heart
attack symptoms in women are sometimes vague and can differ greatly from the
classic heart attack symptoms in men.”

Dr. Mankad says the heart attack often featured in movies
and TV, where a person clutches the left side of the chest, is not as common in
women. Although they may experience chest pain, women are more likely to have
heart attack symptoms that include unusual fatigue and nausea, as well as back,
neck and jaw pain.

National Red Wear Day activities to be held across Mayo
Clinic are:

Mayo
Clinic in Arizona

Group photographs will be taken near the Mayo Brothers
statue on the Phoenix campus at 11 a.m. MST and at the front entrance to Mayo
Clinic Building ― Scottsdale at 1 p.m. MST.

Mayo
Clinic in Florida

A group photograph will be taken at 12:15 EST in front of
the Mangurian Building. In addition, an American Heart Association booth and
selfie photo spot will be in the Mayo Building cafe from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30
p.m. EST.

Mayo
Clinic in Rochester

These will be activities in Phillips Hall on the first floor
of the Siebens Building and at Mayo Clinic Hospital ― Rochester, Saint Marys
Campus, in the Francis Tower lobby from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. CST. These
activities will include Mayo exhibit booths, live music, heart-healthy snacks, and
a heart-themed photo booth. In addition, a group photograph will be taken at
each location at noon CST.

Mayo
Clinic Health System

Mayo Clinic Health System will support Go Red for Women
through planned activities in February that vary by location.

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