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Wear Red Day

SUNY Commemorates National Wear Red Day, Urging New Yorkers to Protect their Heart Health

In celebration of National Wear Red Day, State University of New York Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson joined SUNY Health, the coalition of academic health partners within the State University of New York, in urging New Yorkers to take steps to protect their heart health and to recognize the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. In recognition of the event, the SUNY Plaza building glows red this week.

The event is part of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women celebration, which focuses on heart disease in women. The month of February is American Heart Month.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four deaths in the U.S. every year are caused by heart disease, totaling 647,000 Americans. About 18.2 million Americans over age 20 suffer from coronary artery disease (CAD), a narrowing or blockage of the arteries caused by a buildup of plaque on artery walls. CAD can result in a heart attack, which affects 805,000 Americans every year. Other forms of heart disease include disease of the valves and heart failure.

Risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and cigarette smoking. The risk also increases if you are overweight or obese, physically inactive, or eat a diet high in saturated fats.

According to SUNY Health experts, CAD can be prevented with lifestyle strategies, including:

Severe CAD can result in a heart attack, which can cause the following symptoms:

SUNY has leading researchers and clinicians in cardiovascular disease. Among them:

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