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Originally published: 2014-02-04 12:29:02
Last modified: 2014-02-04 12:32:48

See red, wear red Friday

by Sherrie Norris

It's easy to see red this time every year, but the American Heart Association wants to see it Friday.

Men and women and boys and girls across the country are being encouraged to wear red on Friday, Feb. 7, as a way to show support for women in the fight against heart disease.

February has long been considered heart month and a time that many organizations -- mainly medically related -- are promoting heightened awareness of heart disease.

National Wear Red Day was established by the American Heart Association as a way to bring attention to the fact that heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined.

Research has revealed that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and that it actually claims the lives of more women than men.

Recent statistics continue to support those findings, including the fact that heart disease kills almost 1,100 women a day.
 
In North Carolina, more than 10,500 women die annually from heart disease.

To save lives and raise awareness of the issue, the American Heart Association launched Go Red For Women and designated it to be observed on the first Friday of every February.

The red dress has become the symbol of the battle against heart disease in women.

The disease has also become known as "the silent killer."