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NHLBI Leads Annual Celebration of American Heart Month

Three NIH'ers smile for a photo with NFL player Damar Hamlin. All wear red outifts.

The National Football League’s Damar Hamlin (second from l), a Buffalo Bills defensive player who survived a cardiac arrest on the field in 2023, joins NIH’ers (from l) Royall, Ammary-Risch and Wei at a 2024 Red Dress fashion show in New York City.

Two people pose for a selfie with props and a cardboard cutout of a cartoon heart.

Tom Izzard and Courtney Coombes, both on staff in NHLBI’s Immediate Office of the Director, take a selfie for the occasion with a cardboard cutout of mascot “Cardi-O.”

A group of women in red outfits pose for a photo

At a recent Go Red event in New York to celebrate American Heart Month are (from l) Karina Guzman, Dr. Shondelle Wilson-Frederick, Dr. Vandana Sachdev, Neyal Ammary-Risch, Dr. Lenora Johnson, Dr. Gina Wei, Brittany Royall, Melissa Barrett and Dr. Patrice Desvigne-Nickens.

A large group photo in an office setting. Most are wearing red.

NHLBI’s Division of Cardiovascular Sciences celebrates American Heart Month on Wear Red Day.

A banner advertising American Heart Month is displayed at the front of Bldg. 1

On NIH’s Bethesda campus, Bldg. 1 dons a banner for the month of February, American Heart Month.

In 2003, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) teamed up with the American Heart Association and other organizations to raise awareness of women and heart disease. NHLBI introduced the red dress as a national symbol for the effort and a Go Red for Women movement was born. The campaign became an annual celebration.

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