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Wearing red sends message to women

People across the country are wearing red Friday to bring awareness to heart disease in women.
“Of course it’s the number one killer of women,” said Courtney Hilliard, community relations coordinator at Lincoln Medical Center. “It’s said by most positions to be a preventable disease, or one in which lifestyle can be modified in order to combat the disease.”
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.
“I think that especially young women may not see that as a potential risk as of yet,” said Hilliard. “This 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.”
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.
“It’s still something that may not be as widely known as maybe the pink ribbon is,” 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.
“It’s a modifiable disease they can hopefully learn to prevent,” 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

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