National Wear Red Day is Feb. 6. The event was established on the first Friday of every February by the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to raise awareness about heart disease — the top cause of death for women. Heart disease is commonly misconstrued as a men’s health issue, but for the last 30 years it has killed more women than men in the U.S. In fact, heart disease causes one out of every three deaths among women every year, which is more than all forms of cancer combined. It is estimated that 43 million women in the U.S. (27 percent) are affected by heart disease and 90 percent of all women have at least one risk factor for developing the disease. For additional information on heart disease in women and actions you can take to get involved, visit the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women website.
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