ILLINOIS - The American Heart Association is encouraging Illinois residents to wear red to help raise awareness for heart disease and strokes in women on "Wear Red Day" on February 6.
During Wear Red Day, participants are encouraged to wear red, decorate their homes and offices in red, and to talk to women they know to help make a change to improve their heart health. Participants can also take photos of themselves and others wearing red, and post them onto the American Heart Association's Facebook and Twitter accounts using the hashtag #GoRedIL.
According to the American Heart Association, heart disease and strokes claim the lives of more women than men. AHA officials say heart disease is the number one killer of women, taking one in every three lives lost each year.
The symptoms women can have during a heart attack also differ from men. While men typically often have chest pain when suffering a heart attack, women can experience back pain, fatigue, tiredness, and flu-like symptoms, which make it hard to determine that they are having a heart attack. Fortunately, officials say 80 percent of heart disease can be prevented with a healthy diet and regular exercise.