Ephraim McDowell Health is observing Friday as National Wear Red Day and encouraging individuals to wear red on that day.
"The purpose of National Wear Red Day is to increase the public's awareness of heart disease and the fact that individuals can make lifestyle changes to reduce their risks for this killer disease," said Harry Nickens, McDowell spokesman.
The U.S. Public Health Service on Women's Health said heart disease tends to develop in women 10 to 15 years later than it does in men. Nearly half of women who have a heart attack die within one year after their heart attack while only a third of men do.
Generally, heart disease is not prevalent in women until after menopause because estrogen that is produced naturally in pre-menopausal women provides protection against heart disease.