(WPRI) — On the first Friday in February, The American Heart Association encourages everyone to wear red in hopes of spreading awareness of heart disease.
Men and women can develop heart disease, but it takes the lives of more women than all cancers combined. In fact, 43 million American women are affected by heart disease. 1 in 30 women die from breast cancer each year while 1 in 3 dies of cardiovascular disease, killing approximately one woman every minute.
In 2003, research revealed that heart disease was the number one killer of women which sparked the American Heart Association to launch its Go Red for Women campaign.
National Wear Red Day hopes to raise awareness of this silent killer and remind others to make healthy decisions to lead a healthier life.
On Friday, the Eyewitness News team wore red to show support for the American Heart Association. Thousands of people from local businesses, schools, and towns also wore red on Friday.
For more information on how you can participate, visit goredforwomen.org.