National Wear Red Day on February 2

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This Friday, February 2, is national Go Red for Women Day.

Heart disease unnecessarily claims the lives of about one woman every 80 seconds. You can be fit and slim and still have high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes. In Florence at the McLeod Medical Plaza, the guest speaker on "Women & Heart Disease" will be Dr. Brian Wall with McLeod Cardiology Associates. Many area cities and counties, local media anchors, over 100 businesses and thousands of individuals - will Go Red.

According to the CDC, almost half of all Americans have at least one risk factor for heart disease.

Go Red For Women's symbol is a red dress to "create synergy among all organizations committed to fighting this cause", according to the campaign's website, though one need not wear a dress to support the cause.

Wearing red and dining in at one of the participating restaurants to receive a free heart-healthy menu item of the restaurant's choice.

Help the American Heart Association in their campaign to raise awareness about heart disease in women.

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Myth 3: I am not having a heart attack because I don't have any symptoms More than 60 percent of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease did not have previous symptoms. Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association's national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. Everyone is encouraged to wear RED and share RED to support women's heart health.

The good news, the group says, is that if you understand your risk factors, about 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases may be preventable.

"One test (women are) getting is an angiogram, but their blood vessels are so small that the angiogram is not sensitive enough to detect a problem", said Cheryl Moser, the Foundation's spokeswoman for Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Moser noted research has only just uncovered the SCAD heart attack - spontaneous coronary artery dissection - which is nearly exclusive to women because of the smaller arteries feeding their hearts.

Moser said it's "shocking" that SCAD heart attacks have only been recently discovered, but research focusing on women's health has long lagged far behind research on men's health. Through its more than 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with almost 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways.

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