St. Luke’s Medical Center – Global City(SLMC-GC) supports the worldwide campaign for women’s cardiovascular health awareness as the St. Luke’s Heart Institute, together with the Women’s Heart Health Unit (WHHU),observes the celebration of Wear Red Day on February 1, 2013.

A red dress exhibit featuring the collections of top designers Avel Bacudio, Frederick Peralta and Renee Salud will be on display at the William H. Quasha Pavilion (main lobby) of SLMC-GC. The day will also include an intimate dinner at the Piano Lounge with members of the Heart Institute and dedicated supporters of heart health awareness from the private, business and entertainment community.

Wear Red Day was initiated by the American Heart Association (AHA) in 2003 to encourage women to pay more attention to their cardiovascular health. According to AHA statistics, coronary heart disease is the no. 1 killer of women aged over 25, but only 13% see it as a serious threat. The association thus decided to mark every 1stFriday of February as a day not only to wear the color red, but also for men and women to join forces and commit to combating the disease. Today, many countries have joined the AHA in this global effort to raise awareness.

Locally, statistics of the Department of Health (DOH) lists diseases of the heart and diseases of the vascular system as the number 1 and 2 causes of female mortality in the country. Sadly, majority of women in the country think that they would most likely die of cancer than of a heart attack, according to a study conducted under the Council on Women's Cardiovascular Health of the Philippine Heart Association (PHA).

For more information on Wear Red Day, contact Ms. Ly Pascua of St. Luke’s Heart Institute at (632) 7897700 ext. 2000/2010.