February 2016.

February is celebrated as the month of love because of Valentine’s Day, but February also brings attention to the heart, our most vital organ which beats an average of 100,000 times each day. Heart disease is the leading cause of death of women in the United States, killing more women than all forms of cancer combined, and it kills more women than men. It is often called the “silent killer” because heart disease victims are often unaware of their illness, so they do not get treated or make healthy lifestyle changes. However, the battle against heart disease is a battle being won as 80% of heart disease in women is preventable.

This month we encourage you to get involved with various events in San Diego:

On February 5, the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign encourages you to wear the color red and help raise awareness and show support for women with heart disease and stroke.

On February 11, Love Your Heart is a one-day event during which the County of San Diego and its partners provide free blood pressure screenings to the public at select sites throughout the San Diego region. The goal of Love Your Heart is to activate the community to “know their numbers” and take charge of their own heart health.

Join the heart health movement and help build a healthier life for our cross border region.