National Wear Red Day spreads awareness of heart disease in women

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Heart disease is the number one leading cause of death in the U.S. (WLS)

February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the number one leading cause of death in the U.S., causing one in three deaths among women each year.

But 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events can be prevented with education and action. Friday, Feb. 5 is National Wear Red Day to raise awareness for heart health.

Heart disease in women can differ from men. Heart attacks symptoms can even be different, with women not experiencing chest pain but jaw pain instead.

Dr. Marion Hofmann-Bowman, a cardiologist at the University of Chicago Medicine, joined ABC 7 to talk about the risk factors and preventative measures for heart disease.

Wear Red Day
Friday, Feb. 5
Residents all over the Chicago area will show their support for the fight against heart disease in women by wearing red on Friday, Feb. 5 - National Wear Red Day. Part of the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women movement, Wear Red Day focuses the nation's attention on heart disease, the number one killer of women in America. Women and men throughout the country will be wearing red sweaters, red dresses, red ties or red dress pins to show their support of this movement to save women's lives.

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