PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- You may be seeing red today. A lot of it. People across the country are wearing red to remind women to think about the health of their hearts.
Go Red for Women day is sponsored by the American Heart Association and is in it's 8th year. Communications Director Brenda Quinn says the campaign has raised awareness of the threat of heart disease in women. She says in 2004, only 13 percent of women surveyed knew that heart disease is the number one killer of women, more than all cancers combined. Now 50 percent know that.
But getting women to assess their risk, and take steps to prevent heart disease is more difficult.
Quinn says women need to know their numbers. they need to know their cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose levels. If they are high they need to take steps to control them. 90 percent of women have at least one risk factor for heart disease.
The good news is that heart disease is 90 percent preventable. There are many things women can do to reverse the trend, which is that more women die from heart disease than men.
It's also important for women, Quinn says, to recognize that symptoms of heart disease and heart attacks are different in women than in men. For a complete list visit the American Heart Association website and the Go Red for Women site.