Wear red to help fight heart disease in women

The first Friday in February marks National Wear Red Day, an awareness campaign by The American Heart Association about womenâ??s heart health.

Since starting in 2004, Go Red For Women has enabled women all around the world to work together to fight heart disease, which is the number one killer of women in the U.S.

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) almost two-thirds of the women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms. And even if you have no symptoms, you could still be at risk for heart disease.

The color red and the red dress have become linked with creating awareness of heart disease in women,â?? said Jacqueline Isherwood, executive director of the American Heart Association, Northwest Ohio Division.

The CDC says on its website that a healthy lifestyle, staying active, being smoke-free, and getting regular check-ups is your best weapon to fight heart disease.

More than 10,000 companies participate in Wear Red Day to show their support in the fight against heart disease.