February has appropriately been claimed as American Heart Month in an effort to raise awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of women.  To kick-off this life-saving event, February 1st is National Wear Red Day.  National Wear Red Day certainly qualifies as an excuse to make some new fashion purchases to enhance you nurse practitioner wardrobe.  Show your support for heart health by adding a splash of color to your outfit today and throughout the rest of the month. Perhaps you should consider these red products.


1. Fossil ‘Retro Traveler’ Resin Bracelet Watch ($95)

Who isn’t loving the chunky, colorful watch trend these days?  This watch provides a vibrant addition to your wrist perfect for checking pulse rates at the clinic followed by a a fun night out with friends- all while supporting American Heart Month, of course.  

2. TOMS ‘Classic’ Canvas Slip-On ($43.95)

TOMS slip-on’s topped my Christmas list this year, but I think preventing heart disease is the perfect excuse to purchase a second pair.  This ultra-comfy and affordable footwear provides flair to your wardrobe while allowing your feet to make it through a long day of patient care. 

3. MARC BY MARC JACOBS ‘Preppy-Sia’ Nylon Crossbody Bag ($138)

Who doesn’t need a new bag every so often?  This crossbody bag in Rock Lobster is oh-so-cute and will certainly add a ‘pop’ to your otherwise drab winter attire while matching the Go Red theme of the day.

4. GUESS Patent Toggle Coat ($119)

Unfortunately, winter is still with us making for some chilly commutes to the hospital.  GUESS’s Patent Toggle Coat is the perfect solution for ‘going red’ while keeping cozy on your way into work this month.

5. Ray-Ban ‘Classic Wayfarer’ Sunglasses ($150)

If you are fortunate to live in a warmer (or at least sunny) climate, these sporty sunglasses may be the perfect way to add a splash of red to your outfit.  A bit pricey, consider requesting them as a gift from your Valentine…

However you choose to adorn yourself in red this month, remeber to address heart disease with your patients.  Cardiovascular disease causes heart attack and stroke and is responsible for one in three deaths in the United States.  Nurse practitioners are responsible for addressing heart health, including healthy eating, exercise and smoking cessation, with their patients.  By making these preventative issues a key component of your practice, you can save lives.

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