People across the country are wearing red Friday to bring awareness to heart disease in women.
â€œOf course itâ€™s the number one killer of women,â€ said Courtney Hilliard, community relations coordinator at Lincoln Medical Center. â€œItâ€™s said by most positions to be a preventable disease, or one in which lifestyle can be modified in order to combat the disease.â€
National Wear Red Day for Women is a movement started by the American Heart Association. The goal is to help women live longer, healthier lives.
National Wear Red Day also brings attention to a health problem that can be underestimated.
â€œI think that especially young women may not see that as a potential risk as of yet,â€ said Hilliard. â€œThis is an opportunity for them to learn early how to make life easier as they get older and hopefully prevent some of those complications such as heart disease.â€
Friday will be the second annual National Wear Red Day, and the movement will gain exposure through famous landmarks going red.
Niagara Falls, Graceland and the Washington Monument are just a few locations that will be decked out in support.
Locally, support can be shown by wearing red Feb. 4 or buying a red dress pin, the symbol of the movement.
â€œItâ€™s still something that may not be as widely known as maybe the pink ribbon is,â€ said Hilliard.
Those hoping to get their hands on a $50 pin or charm bracelet can either order it online, or hold tight until Feb. 22 when LMC and the Lincoln Family YMCA have their second annual Heart of a Woman event.
The event, which begins at 6 p.m., focuses on helping women change harmful habits in order to avoid heart disease.
â€œItâ€™s a modifiable disease they can hopefully learn to prevent,â€ said Hilliard.
For those worried about the disease, the following 10 symptoms are warning signs: chest discomfort; pain spreading to jaw, neck, shoulders or arms; shortness of breath; nausea; sweating; indigestion; dizziness; unexplained weakness or fatigue; discomfort or pain between the shoulder blades and sense of impending doom.
For more information on heart disease and National Wear Red Day visit americanheart.org.by Sarah Grano