World Heart Day

Saturday, August 4th, 2018

The AHA is a strategic partner of the World Heart Federation, the international cardiovascular organization that joins 200 member organizations in 100 countries in the effort to fight cardiovascular disease. Together we celebrate World Heart Day to inspire people around the world to take charge of their heart health and encourage others to do the same.

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week is observed each year during February 7–14 to promote awareness and education about congenital heart defects (CHDs). CHDs affect approximately one in 100 births every year in the United States and are the most common type of birth defect (1,2). Heart defects are conditions that persons live with throughout their lives; an estimated 1 million children and 1.4 million adults in the United States were living with a CHD in 2010 (3). CDC’s website, Stories: Living with Heart Defects, includes personal stories by persons affected by CHDs (https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/stories/heartdefects.html).

National Wear Red Day

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

The first Friday of February has been designated as National Wear Red Day ® in the United States. On this day, men and women are encouraged to wear red as a symbol of their support of women’s heart health.

Encourage everyone to wear red as a way to bring attention to heart disease in women. Many women wear red dresses, which is the identifying symbol for the day. Men can be asked to wear red ties or shirts. Employers schedule workshops and red/heart related wellness events to educate staff about prevention and screenings of heart disease.

Heart Month (American)

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.

The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.

Make a difference in your community: Spread the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encourage people to live heart-healthy lives.