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ANMC campus goes red for heart health awareness

February 10, 2017

Heart disease is the number one killer of people in the U.S. and affects Alaska Native and American Indian people at even higher rates than the national average.

February is American Heart Month and the month brings focus to the American Heart Association’s work to save lives and beat heart disease. The death rate from heart disease in the U.S. has fallen dramatically since the 1960s; however, despite this progress, heart disease remains a leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.

February 3 was Go Red for Women, the American Heart Association’s initiative to save women’s lives and bring awareness to cardiovascular disease in women. Each year, cardiovascular diseases claim the lives of nearly half a million women—almost one per minute. Across the Alaska Native Health Campus, staff wore red to show support for women’s heart health.

Heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death in the U.S., with more than 17 million deaths each year. This month is focused on raising awareness about heart disease and the steps that can be taken to prevent it. Pledge to take steps in your life to become more heart healthy and help your family and friends do the same.

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