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Wear your heart on your sleeve. Mark your calendars with Wear Red Canada on Feb. 13


Heart disease is on the rise and it's the leading cause of death for women worldwide. And yet heart attack symptoms are not recognized in more than 50 per cent of women.

What's more, early data indicates that people who have a heart condition, vascular disease or who have had a stroke are at higher risk of severe illness or complications if they are infected with COVID-19.

These are troubling facts. It's time to wear our hearts on our sleeves to raise awareness of women's heart health. 

Wear Red Canada

Heart Heath month is here and February 13 – Wear Red Canada day – presents the perfect opportunity to raise awareness of women's heart health and heart disease prevention.

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Dr. Tara Sedlak, Cardiologist and Director of the Leslie Diamond Women's Heart Health Clinic.

Dr. Tara Sedlak, Cardiologist and Director of the Leslie Diamond Women's Heart Health Clinic at Vancouver General Hospital, is a tireless advocate for women's heart health. On February 13, Dr. Sedlak and other leading cardiologists across the country are encouraging Canadians to wear red and to join the conversation on women's heart health and wellness.

“This year, for Wear Red Canada day, we encourage everyone to get curious about heart health and wellness." said Dr. Sedlak. What does heart health  look like for women? For you? And what can we all do to support our own heart health and that of our loved ones?"

During the past four years, the Wear Red Canada movement has gained momentum with countless Canadians joining the conversation, provincial and municipal governments issuing proclamations as well as local landmarks lighting the town red to raise awareness of women's hearth health.

Get involved

Here's how you can participate and raise awareness of women's heart health matters on Wear Red Day.

  1. Wear red.

  2. Join the conversation in person and on social media using #HerHeartMatters.

  3. Attend the national webinar.

  4. Topic: #HerHeartMatters: the Importance of Heart and Vascular Disease Prevention and Recovery

    Theme: To take care of others, you need to first take care of yourself.

    Date: Sunday, February 13, 2022

    Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. PST

Click for event details and registration


The Canadian Women's Peer Support Heart Hub is a recently established resource intended to increase awareness and connections for women living with heart and vascular disease with peer supports that meet their needs.

For additional resources, including information on women-specific heart disease as well as risk factors, symptoms, prevention and treatment, visit Ottawa Heart Health

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