National Wear Red Day for women’s heart health

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – The American Heart Association encourages people to wear red on Friday in order to raise awareness of women’s heart health on National Wear Red Day.

Many people don’t realize that heart disease is the number one killer of women. Heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women each year — more than all forms of cancer combined.

Symptoms of heart disease can be hard to detect in women, but 80-percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with action and education.

The American Heart Association encourages women to schedule a well-woman visit with a doctor to measure blood pressure, check cholesterol and look for signs of heart disease, stroke and other illnesses.

There are several ways to help prevent heart disease including eating well, exercise, not smoking, knowing your cholesterol levels and dangers of high blood pressure.

Smoking can increase a woman’s risk by 50 percent and can cause heart disease 20 years earlier.

———Online:American Heart Association: Go Red for Women

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