Today Is National Wear Red For Women Day

(New York,NY) -- Heart disease is the number one killer of women in America.

Every year, more than four-hundred-thousand women die from the disease. Today, men and women across the country are wearing red to bring awareness to that fact. National Wear Red Day was launched by the American Heart Association in 2004, to raise funds for research and to encourage women to pay attention to their heart health. 

Some good news - the A-H-A says that 80 percent of cardiac events experienced by American women can be prevented with health education and lifestyle changes. The A-H-A says men and women should "know their numbers" to take charge of their heart health. Those numbers being: total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and body mass index, also known as BMI. 

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