Go Red: February 7 is Wear Red Day which raises awareness of women's heart health

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- You will see a lot of people wearing red on Friday, Feb. 7. The first Friday of February is Wear Red Day, which is part of the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women movement.

Cardiovascular diseases kill approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Go Red for Women advocates for more research and swifter action for women's heart health.

By wearing red on Friday, Feb. 7, the American Heart Association hopes to raise awareness of cardiovascular diseases in women.

According to the American Heart Association, 64 percent of women who die from heart disease showed no previous symptoms. So it's important to have regular checkups with your doctor and to keep your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and body mass index in safe ranges.

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The babies at WakeMed in Raleigh took part in Wear Red Day. Each Baby sported knitted caps as part of the American Heart Association's Little Hats, Big Hearts Campaign.

Another thing you can do it keep an eye out for the following symptoms, which sometimes happen before a heart attack:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Back and jaw pain
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain

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