Babies born this month at Huntington Memorial Hospital are wearing red
caps – instead of the traditional pink or blue – in celebration
of the 10th anniversary of the American Heart Association’s Go Red
For Women movement.
Heart disease is the number one killer of women, taking the life of one
woman every minute. That means many of the women in these babies’
lives – their moms, sisters, grandmas or aunts – could be
affected by heart disease.
“For years our staff has been participating in National Wear Red
Day every February as a way to raise awareness of heart disease among
women,” said Vyshali Rao, MD, FACC, director of women’s heart
health at Huntington Hospital. “Now, with the babies in the red
beanies, we are reaching out to new moms to educate them on how to stop
heart disease before it starts. Our hope is that each of these new families
has many happy and healthy years together.”
In partnership with the American Heart Association, every baby born at
Huntington Hospital during Heart Month will be fitted with the red beanies
created and donated by the Southern California clothing company,
Fodada, a cause-based brand that believes in fashion that looks good while doing
good things. In addition, parents will receive American Heart Association
resources on raising a heart-healthy family.
Since 2004, women have been fighting heart disease individually and together
as part of the Go Red For Women movement. More than 627,000 women’s
lives have been saved, but nearly 1,100 women are still dying each day
in the United States.
“The signs of a heart attack in women can differ from those commonly
found in men and can be easily mistaken for other ailments,” said
Dr. Rao. Heart attack signs in women include:
- Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your
chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
- Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
- As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain
or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience
some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting,
and back or jaw pain.
If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than five minutes
before calling for help. Call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.
The Huntington HospitalHeart and Vascular Center is a recognized leader
in cardiac care. The hospital has received the Distinguished Hospital
Award for clinical excellence and has been recognized as a Center of Distinction
by Blue Cross of California.
The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women offers educational
programs to advance women’s understanding of their risk for heart
disease and provides tools to help women live healthier, stronger lives.
For more information, visit