Greenwich urges wearing red Friday for women's heart disease awareness

Man checking blood pressure at office kiosk

Man checking blood pressure at office kiosk

Through the efforts of Go Red for Women, more than 670,000 women have survived heart disease and stroke since 2004.

The AHA reports that heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women - more than all cancers combined and making heart disease the top killer of American women.

Fortunately, that can be changed because 80% of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.

On Friday, employees at companies big and small across the country will be wearing red to mark the 15th anniversary of National Wear Red Day - AKA "Go Red for Women" - a movement started by the AHA to raise awareness about heart disease, which is the leading cause of death for women in the United States today.

"With more than one in three women living with cardiovascular disease, there is a great need for increased awareness, funding and research about women's heart health".

A new survey of a thousand adults from the Cleveland Clinic finds almost half of Americans know their bank account balance, while only 38-percent know their blood pressure numbers, 18-percent are aware of their body mass index and just 12-percent know their level of "bad" cholesterol.

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Friday is National Wear Red Day for women's health.

"We are looking to build healthier communities free of cardiovascular disease throughout the state of Idaho, and this proclamation just shows the governor's support and everyone's support to get behind that, and we are just gonna wipe out heart disease here", said Julie O'Meara.

"The good news is that we can prevent and control heart disease".

Quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke.

Get active and eat healthy.