Go Red for women on National Wear Red Day

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - National Wear Red Day is this Friday, February 7 and the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement is asking everyone to wear red to raise awareness of heart disease in women.

The Go Red for Women campaign raises women's awareness of their risk for heart disease and helps them learn, and take action to reduce, their personal risk for heart disease. By wearing RED on National Wear Red Day, Friday, February 7, show the world you are part of a movement that's aimed at raising awareness about women's No. 1 killer.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women – killing more women than all forms of cancer combined; South Carolina ranks the 16th highest state. Most women don't notice the symptoms of heart disease until it's too late, which is why heart disease has been called the silent killer. For more than a decade, millions of women have united to raise their voices about this silent killer. While the American Heart Association has made remarkable progress, nearly 1,100 women are still dying each day.

Keep the women in your life informed about how they can make heart healthy lifestyle choices and reduce their risk for heart disease by sharing the following acronym:

O Get Your Numbers: Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol.

O Own Your Lifestyle: Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise and eat healthy.

O Realize Your Risk: We think it won't happen to us, but heart disease kills 1 in 3 women.

O Educate Your Family: Make healthy food choices for you and your family. Teach your kids the importance of staying active.

O Don't be silent: Tell every woman you know that heart disease is our No. 1 killer. Raise your voice at GoRedForWomen.org.

For more information about Go Red For Women, and ways to get involved or to make a donation please contact Robyn Morrissey at robyn.morrissey@heart.org, or visit GoRedForWomen.org.

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