Hundreds of healthcare professionals at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute will wear red on Friday, Feb. 1, to mark National Wear Red Day. A few hours later, the new Cedars-Sinai Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion will be lit with a projection of the red dress symbol that represents a public education program to boost women's awareness of heart disease.
"We are asking women to have a personal relationship with their hearts to reduce heart disease deaths, just as awareness has led to declining death rates with breast cancer," said Noel Bairey Merz, MD, director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center and Women's Guild Chair in Women's Health. "We are also calling on women to make a personal commitment to call for more research into women's heart disease, the leading healthcare threat that every woman faces."
To mark the beginning of Heart Disease Awareness Month, Cedars-Sinai healthcare professionals will dress in red and meet at 11 a.m. for a group photo that has become a Cedars-Sinai tradition. Dressing in red demonstrates support for heightened awareness of heart disease risk factors as well as increased public education on gender differences in heart disease. After the photo session, attendees will enjoy a heart-healthy lunch and listen to an update on new heart research by Puja Mehta, MD, director of the Non-Invasive Vascular Function Research Laboratory at the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center.