While Valentine’s Day is still a week away, plenty of Iowans will be dressed in red today instead. The American Heart Association is launching an educational effort today called “Go Red For Women” during which people are encouraged to wear red to raise awareness about the state and nation’s number-one woman killer, heart disease.Jenny Crome, spokeswoman for the Heart Association’s Iowa chapter, says women and men are urged to take part in the campaign which encourages heart health.Crome says a bold color like red draws attention to heart disease, the greatest health threat to women. She says women need to take charge of their own heart health by making it a priority so they can live stronger, longer lives. Cardiovascular disease is the nation’s top killer, taking out 41-percent of Iowans. Crome says heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases claim more women’s lives each year than the next five causes of death combined, and nearly twice as many as all forms of cancer, including breast cancer. For more information, surf to “www.americanheart.org” or call 888-My-Heart to get a free red dress pin, a heart disease brochure and a wallet card to track your cholesterol, blood pressure and weight.
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