Statement on Wear Red Canada from the Minister of Health and Social Services Tracy-Anne McPhee

Minister of Health and Social Services Tracy-Anne McPhee has issued the following statement:

"Today marks Wear Red Canada, a day to acknowledge and promote the prevention and detection of heart disease in women.

“Heart disease remains a significant health concern for women worldwide. In Canada, it is the leading cause of premature death among women. Today, February 13, we wear red to draw attention to a disease that is largely hidden. Canadians are wearing red clothing and across Canada, buildings are being lit up bright red, including the CN Tower, BC Place and the sign at the Jim Smith Building in Whitehorse.

“Half of women who experience a heart attack have their symptoms go unrecognized. Globally, cardiovascular diseases affect one out of three women, yet women everywhere are under-studied, under-diagnosed, under-treated and under-aware.

“Most women experiencing a heart attack suffer from three or more of these symptoms:

  • Chest pain or discomfort – pressure, tightness, or burning
  • Pain in the jaw, neck, arm or back
  • Abnormal excessive sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Stomach pain or discomfort, or feelings of nausea or indigestion

“If you suspect someone is having a heart attack, call 911 to get immediate medical attention.

“Together, we can reduce the risk of heart disease in women and its impact on the people we love. It is important to note that 80 per cent of the risk factors for heart disease in women are manageable.

“I encourage everyone to wear your brightest and boldest red in support of heart disease awareness."

Media contact 

Laura Seeley
Cabinet Communications

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