Breast cancer may be widely feared among American women, but heart disease poses a greater risk of death for them. According to the American Heart Association, one in two women will eventually die of heart disease — the No. 1 killer of women over the age of 25 — compared to one in 25 who will eventually die of breast cancer.
Ephraim McDowell Health is observing Friday, Feb. 1, as National Wear Red Day, and encourages all individuals in the community 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, spokesperson for Ephraim McDowell Health.
The U.S. Public Health Service on Women's Health notes that 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 one-third of men do.