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February is Heart Month: Heart Disease #1 Killer of Women

TALLAHASSEE, FL - You may see more women in red this month, for a good reason. February is Heart Month, and women are encouraged to wear red for healthy hearts.

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Chrissy Meyer with the American Heart Association said red sets the tone for the month.

"We will be encouraging everyone to wear red, and help us celebrate American Heart Month."

Meyer says heart disease is the number-one killer for women, but that women often ignore the warning signs of heart disease.

"More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined," she said. "Only one in five women actually knows that heart disease is her greatest health threat."

Meyer said they want to send messages all month to women about taking care of their health and their hearts.

"We want to make sure that we're getting the word out, letting people know about their risks, encouraging them to get a heart screening, to get checked, and to really make some decisions to impact their overall heart health."

According to the American Heart Association, 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.

So far, 1.6 million women nationwide have registered with the "Go Red" campaign.

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