FYI from the NHLBI Index
January 2004: Vol. 4, Issue 3
National Wear Red Day: Taking Women's
Health to Heart
Collaborative Research Programs
for Circulatory and Respiratory Health Launched
National Wear Red Day: Taking Women’s Health to Heart
Friday, February 6, 2004 is National Wear Red Day, a day when people
nationwide will take women’s health to heart by wearing red to show their
support for raising awareness that far more American women die of heart disease
than any other cause. By showing off a favorite red dress, shirt, or tie, Americans
will unite in the national movement to give women an urgent wake-up call about
their risk of heart disease.
Wear Red Day supports the Red Dress as the symbol for women and heart disease
awareness, by encouraging women and men across the country to participate in
this life-saving movement. The NHLBI developed the Red Dress icon as the centerpiece
of The Heart Truth, its national awareness campaign for women about
heart disease, and is excited to work with national and local partners to proclaim
the first Friday of February (American Heart Month) the first National Wear
Red Day. Special events and awareness activities will be held at clinics,
hospitals, workplaces, and other public places to help spread The Heart
Truth, that heart disease is the number one cause of death of women, and
to motivate women to take their heart health seriously and take steps to reduce
The Heart Truth campaign is sponsored by the NHLBI, in partnership
with the Office on Women’s Health of the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services, the American Heart Association, WomenHeart: the National Coalition
for Women with Heart Disease, and other groups committed to the health and well-being
For more information on women and heart disease and ideas on how to raise awareness
in your community, visit The
Heart Truth Web site.
Collaborative Research Programs for Circulatory and Respiratory
The NHLBI is the first of the NIH components to develop collaborative research
programs with its counterpart institute, the Institute of Circulatory
and Respiratory Health (ICRH), of the Canadian Institutes of
Health Research (CIHR). To advance research in areas of importance
in heart, lung, and blood diseases, the two institutes are together initiating
three research programs. The programs will address new strategies to resuscitate
heart attack and trauma patients; develop new cellular and molecular imaging
of heart, lung, and blood systems; and improve management of thrombotic disorders
such as heart attack, stroke, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism.
“This unique programmatic collaboration will bring together scientists
who are international leaders in their fields to unravel the complexities of
circulatory and respiratory illness. I am very hopeful that this is the first
of many collaborative efforts between our two institutes,” said Dr. Bruce
McManus, ICRH Scientific Director.
Each of the programs will be conducted at multiple sites in Canada and the
United States for several years, beginning in 2004. The collaboration will accelerate
research progress in these areas by enabling support for more investigators
than either Canada or the United States could support separately.
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