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Attend Go Red Events

  • Feb 1st- National Wear Red Day
  • Feb 2nd- Macy’s 7th Annual Go Red for Women® Fashion Show
  • Feb 7th- Southwestern Michigan Go Red For Women® Luncheon
  • Feb 7th- Go Red For Women® Red Dress Dash at 12:00pm EST in Lansing, MI
  • Feb 15th- Heart Healthy Event - Bodhi Tree Yoga and Wellness in Holland, MI
  • Feb 27th- 2014 West Michigan Go Red For Women® Conference

Stay Informed

The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® movement has been impacting the health of women for 10 years. More than 627,000 women’s lives have been saved, but the fight is far from over. Now is the time to shout louder, stand stronger and demand change. It’s time to come together in a movement that is not just FOR women, but BY women. It’s time for women to Go Red.

Find more information on the following links from GoRedforWomen.org to help you or a loved one dealing with CVD:

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Local Coverage

Men & CVD

Cardiovascular Disease (or CVD)

  • More than one in three adult men has some form of CVD.
  • In 2009, CVD caused the deaths of 386,436 males. Males represent 49.0% of deaths from CVD.
  • The 2009 overall death rate from CVD was 236.1. Death rates were 281.4 for white males, 387.0 for black males.
  • In 2010, CVD was the first listed diagnosis of 3,021,000 males discharged from short-stay hospitals.
  • In 2010, 74.9% of bypass and 67.1% of PCI patients were male. 68.7% of heart transplant patients in 2011 were male.

Coronary Heart Disease (or CHD)

  • About 8.8 million men alive today have CHD. Of these, 5.0 million have a history of Myocardial Infarction (MI, or heart attack).
  • Among men age 20 and older, 8.2% of non-Hispanic whites, 6.8% of non-Hispanic blacks and 6.7% of Mexican Americans have CHD.
  • Each year new and recurrent MI and fatal CHD will impact an estimated 535,000 men.
  • CHD killed 210,069 males in 2009. 68,814 died from MI.
  • 828,000 males diagnosed with CHD were discharged from short-stay hospitals in 2010.

Angina Pectoris

  • Among men age 20 and older, 3.3% of non-Hispanic whites, 2.4% of non-Hispanic blacks and 3.4% of Mexican Americans have angina.
  • Each year about 320,000 men over 45 are diagnosed with stable angina

Congenital Cardiovascular Defects

  • The 2009 overall death rate for congenital cardiovascular defects was 1.0. Death rates were 1.1 for white males and 1.4 for black males.
  • 25,000 males were discharged from short-stay hospitals in 2009 with a diagnosis of congenital cardiovascular defects.


  • An estimated 3.9 million male stroke survivors are alive today.
  • Among men age 20 and older, the following have had a stroke: 2.4% of non-Hispanic whites, 4.3% of non-Hispanic blacks and 2.3% of Mexican Americans.
  • In 2009, stroke caused the death of 52,073 males (40.4% of total stroke deaths).
  • the 2009 overall death rate for stroke was 38.9. Death rates were 37.8 for white males, 60.1 for black males, 30.9 for Hispanic males, 34.1 for Asian/Pacific Islander males, and 29.2 for American Indian/Alaskan Native males.
  • In 2010, 485,000 males were discharged from short-stay hospital after having a stroke.

High Blood Pressure (or HBP)

  • One in three U.S. adults has HBP.
  • A higher percentage of men than women have hypertension until age 45. From 45 to 54 years of age and 55 to 64 years of age, the percentages of men and women with hypertension are similar. After that, a much higher percentage of women have hypertension than men.
  • Among men age 20 and older, 33.4% of non-Hispanic whites, 42.6% of non-Hispanic blacks and 30.1% of Mexican Americans have HBP.
  • In 2009, 27,668 males died from BP. They represented 44.8% of deaths from HBP.
  • The 2009 overall death rate from HBP was 18.5. Death rates were 17.0 for white males and 51.6 for black males.
  • 216,000 males diagnosed with HBP were discharged from short-stay hospitals in 2010.

Heart Failure (or HF)

  • About 2.7 million males alive today have HF. Each Year, about 350,000 new cases are diagnosed in males.
  • In 2010, the overall prevalence for people age 20 and older is 2.1%. Among men, the following have HF: 2.2% of non-Hispanic whites; 4.1% of non-Hispanic blacks and 1.9% of Mexican Americans.
  • In 2009, there were 23,563 male deaths from HF (41.8% of HF deaths).
  • The 2009 overall any-mention death rate from HF was 82.3. Death rates were 98.3 for white males and 104.5 for black males.
  • 501, males diagnosed with HF were discharged from short-stay hospitals in 2010.


  • In 2011, Male students (grades 9-12) were more likely than female students to smoke cigarettes (19.9% vs. 16.1%), smoke cigars (17.8% vs. 8.0%), or uses smokeless tobacco (12.8% vs. 2.2%)
  • Among Adults in 2011, 21.3% of men and 16.7% of women smoke cigarettes.

High Blood Cholesterol and Other Lipids

  • Among children 4 to 11 years of age, the mean total blood cholesterol level is 161.9 mg/dL. For boys, it is 162.3 mg/dL; for girls, it is 161.5 mg/dL.
  • Among adolescents 12 to 19 years of age, the mean total blood cholesterol level is 158.2 mg/dL. For boys it is 156.1 mg/dL; for girls, it is 160.3 mg/dL.
  • Among adults age 20 and older:
    • 41.3% of men and 44.9% of women have total cholesterol levels of 200 mg/dL or higher.
    • 12.7% of men and 14.7% of women have levels of 240 mg/dL or higher.
    • 31.9% of men and 30.0% of women have an LDL cholesterol of 130 mg/dL or higher.
    • 31.8% of mend and 12.3% of women have HDL cholesterol less than 40 mg/dL.

Physical Activity

  • Boys are less likely than girls to report inactivity (10.0% vs. 17.7%).
  • In a study of 12,812 youth 9 to 18 years of age, the physical activity level in boys and girls declined starting at the age of 13, with a significantly greater decline in activity among girls.
  • Only 24.9% of adult men met the 2008 Federal Physical Activity Guidelines in 2011.

Overweight and Obesity

  • An estimated 33.0% of boys age 2 to 19 are overweight or obese; 30.1% non-Hispanic whites, 36.9% non-Hispanic blacks, and 40.5% Mexican Americans.
  • Of these boys, 18.6% are obese; 16.1% non-Hispanic whites, 24.3% non-Hispanic blacks, and 24.0% Mexican Americans.
  • An estimated 72.9% of men age 20 and older are overweight or obese; 73.1% non-Hispanic whites, 68.7% of non-Hispanic blacks and 81.3% of Mexican Americans.
  • Of these men, 33.6% are obese; 33.8% non-Hispanic whites, 37.9% non-Hispanic blacks, and 36.0% of Mexican Americans.

Diabetes Mellitus (or DM)

  • Of the estimated 19.7 million American adults with physician-diagnosed diabetes, about 9.6 million are men; 7.7% of non-Hispanic whites, 13.5% of non-Hispanic blacks, and 11.4% of Mexican American.
  • Of the estimated 8.2 million Americans with undiagnosed diabetes, about 5.3 million are men; 4.5% of non-Hispanic whites, 4.8% of non-Hispanic blacks and 6.6% of Mexican Americans.
  • Of the estimated 87.3 million Americans with pre-diabetes, about 50.7 million are men; 47.7% of non-Hispanic whites, 35.7% of non-Hispanic blacks, and 47.0% of Mexican Americans.
  • In 2009, diabetes killed 35,054 males. The overall death rate from diabetes was 20.9. Death rates were 23.3 for white males and 44.2 for black males.
  • 311,000 males diagnosed with diabetes were discharged from short-stay hospitals in 2010.

*The information above is reprinted from the "Men and CVD - 2013 Statistical Facts Sheet" with permission from the ©2014 American Heart Association.


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