IDPH Encourages Wearing Red For Heart Disease

(SPRINGFIELD, IL) — The Illinois Department of Public Health is encouraging everyone to wear tomorrow to raise awareness of heart disease, and to celebrate American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Illinois. “While heart disease typically surfaces later in life, what you do in your teens, 20s, and 30s can impact your health as you get older,” said IDPH Director Dr. Nirav D. Shah. Things that can increase your risk of heart disease include high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, overweight or obesity, lack of physical activity and smoking. Things you can do to reduce your risk of heart disease include eat a healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly, don’t smoke and limit alcohol use. Be sure to ask your physician to help you better understand heart health and what you should do specifically. Find more information about heart disease, including the ABC’s of cardiovascular health, on the IDPH website.