February was named American Heart Month by the American Heart Association (AHA). To kick off the campaign, Friday, Feb. 7 is National Wear Red Day to raise awareness for cardiovascular disease. According to the AHA, an estimated 630,000 Americans die from heart disease each year, the leading cause of death for both men and women. Join the AARC in wearing red to support the battle against heart disease.
Feb. 7 also kicks off the start of Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) Awareness Week, occurring Feb. 7-14. According to Project Heart, CHD is the world’s most common birth defect, affecting 1.35 million infants every year worldwide. This is a great opportunity to educate your community and patients about the prevalence of CHD, as well as the need for research and access to quality care.
By helping spread awareness for CHD you are also helping to raise funding for research. Here are practical ways you can help:
- Support the campaign by sharing facts and using #CHDAware in your posts.
- Find fact sheets and other resources at the Pediatric Congenital Heart Association Site to share
- To further assist RTs in improving patient care, check out the “Care of the Pediatric Patient with a Congenital Heart Defect” course (approved for five hours of CRCE). SIGN UP TODAY