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National Wear Red Day

Updated: Friday, February 7 2014, 05:07 PM CST

Friday is National Wear Red Day.
The American Heart Association has been going red for over 10 years to raise awareness about the fight against hear disease.  This is the leading killer of women in the U.S. 

Statistics show one in every three women around age 65 develop the disease, while one in nine women between ages 45 and 65 are effected.
Experts say women have a greater risk of having a heart attack and are typically 10 years older than men when they are first diagnosed.

Doctors say it's important for women to first know the symptoms because early detection can save lives.

"We think of heart disease and chest pain as a main symptom but in women chest pain is seen in only 50 percent of the cases," says Ish Singla, Cardiologist for Springfield Clinic.  "Other symptoms in females is shortness of breathe, unusual tiredness, heart palpatations or just getting dizzy ."

According to cardiologists, one cause for the high number of heart disease cases is that women typically ignore the symptoms.  Experts say some preventative steps include plenty of exercise and a healthy diet.

For more information on heart disease, visit, goredforwomen.org

National Wear Red Day


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