The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, together with its signature movement, Go Red for Women®, encourages you to ‘wear red and give’ tomorrow, February 7th on National Wear Red Day® to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease: women’s greatest health threat.

Cardiovascular diseases continue to be a woman’s greatest health threat, killing one woman every 80 seconds and taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined1. Heart disease and stroke also impact the lives of one in three women – or a third of mothers, sisters and friends – and cardiac events are on the rise in young women2 in their 20s.

“Many people don’t know that cardiovascular diseases and strokes are treatable, preventable and beatable,” said Dr. Stephen W. Downing, chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Catholic Health, Surgical Director of the Mercy Hospital TAVR program and special guest speaker at the Go Red for Women Luncheon. “Women should understand their family health history and know their five key personal health numbers – total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index. Making even small changes in healthy behaviors, like moving more, eating smart and managing blood pressure, can add up to big results.”

Local businesses, community groups, towns, schools and hospitals, including those within Catholic Health, participate in the go red movement to help raise awareness and funds to fight cardiovascular disease including lighting local buildings and parks glowing RED.

The following is a schedule of GO RED supporters and events:

The following buildings and parks are ‘glowing’ red in support of Wear Red Day, February 7th, Go Red for Women® & American Heart Month including:
The Niagara Falls, thanks to the Niagara Falls Illumination Board
All participants of the Buffalo Lit Landmark Illumination team
One Canalside (lighting excludes Buffalo Sabres games & Presidents Day)
Residence Inn
Buffalo Convention Center
Electric Tower
Giacomo Hotel
40-50 Fountain Plaza
Conventus Center for Collaborative Medicine
Buffalo & Erie County Library

Proclamation declaring National Wear Red Day and American Heart Month at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo at 10 am with Dr. Gale R. Burstein and Go Red for Women Chair, Shari McDonald, RN, MSN, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Mercy Hospital & Chair of the 2020 Go Red for Women Luncheon & Campaign

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness with Catholic Health February 7th at Mercy Hospital, 10:30 am: Hundreds of newborns and their parents will receive teddy bears with little red knit hats in February at Catholic Health’s maternity hospitals – Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Sisters of Charity Hospital and Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, helping to raise awareness about heart disease, Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) and Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week February 7th – 14th. CHD is the No. 1 birth defect.
The Go Red for Women® Luncheon Friday, February 14th at the Lexus Club from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with Presenting Sponsor, the Catholic Health Heart Center at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo. Visit

Dozens of companies support Wear Red Day and American Heart Month in Western New York, including the area’s top employers and health systems.

Elementary schools across Erie and surrounding counties participate in the Kids Heart Challenge

While 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases can be prevented through modest changes to diet and lifestyles, disparities in care for women’s heart and brain health, continue to exist. In addition, heart disease and stroke symptoms can present differently in women compared to men. Women also make up less than half of all clinical trial participants globally, with women of color only accounting for three percent. As a result, more research is needed to close gender disparity gaps when it comes to cardiovascular research, treatment and care. Research Goes Red puts women in the driver’s seat to accelerate scientific discovery by contributing to health research through clinical trials, surveys, focus groups and more.

The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement, nationally sponsored by CVS Health and local signature sponsor the Catholic Health Heart Center at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo encourages you to show your support by wearing red and giving through the month of February to help save lives of women around the world. Here’s how you can join Go Red for Women in support of women’s health:

· Wear red on National Wear Red Day, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease – the leading cause of death in women. The iconic Red Dress Pin and other apparel at is available at

· Make a donation to support the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association by visiting

· CVS Health is the national sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Movement and will be offering no-cost heart-health screenings at MinuteClinic® locations nationwide select Thursdays in February.

· Sign up to participate in the lifesaving clinical trial research through the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement and Verily’s Project Baseline: Research Goes Red initiative.

· Share how you Go Red Buffalo by sharing your photos on social media and use the hashtag #GoRedBuffalo #WNYHeart. Follow us on Twitter @WNYHeart and Facebook or Instagram @AHANewYork. Join the conversation by using #WearRedAndGive on social media.

1 Benjamin EJ, Muntner P, Alonso A, et al. Heart disease and stroke statistics – 2019 update: a report from the American Heart Association. Circulation. E259. Published January 31, 2019.

2 Arora S, Stouffer GA, Kucharska-Newton AM, et al.Circulation. 2019;139:1047–1056. Twenty Year Trends and Sex Differences in Young Adults Hospitalized with Acute Myocardial Infarction: The ARIC Community Surveillance Study. Published Feb. 19, 2019

3 Benjamin EJ, Muntner P, Alonso A, et al. Heart disease and stroke statistics – 2019 update: a report from the American Heart Association. Circulation. E259. Published January 31, 2019. (page 204)


About Go Red for Women

The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women® movement is the trusted, passionate, relevant force for change to end heart disease and stroke in women all over the world. While nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women, claiming the lives of 1 in 3 women. For 16 years, Go Red for Women has provided a platform for women to come together, raise awareness, fund lifesaving research, advocate for change and improve the lives of all women everywhere. The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement is nationally sponsored by CVS Health, with additional support from national cause supporters.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a leading force for a world of longer, healthier lives. With nearly a century of lifesaving work, the association is dedicated to ensuring equitable health for all. We are a trustworthy source empowering people to improve their heart health, brain health and well-being. We collaborate with numerous organizations and millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, advocate for stronger public health policies, and share lifesaving resources and information at Connect with us, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or by calling 716.243.4603.