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CHARLESTON, S.C. -

National Wear Red Day is Friday, February 7 and the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement is asking people to wear red to raise awareness of heart disease in women.

The Go Red for Women campaign raises women's awareness of their risk for heart disease and helps them learn - and take action to reduce- their personal risk for heart disease.

Go Red For Women harnesses women's energy, passion and power to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women - killing more women than all forms of cancer combined; South Carolina ranks the 16th highest state.

Most women don't notice the symptoms of heart disease until it's too late, which is why heart disease has been called the silent killer. But we won't be silent.

For more than a decade, millions of women have united to raise their voices about this silent killer. While we've made remarkable progress, nearly 1,100 women are still dying each day.

But, with your help, many more lives can be saved. Heart disease is no match for the power of women's voices. Find out how you can Go Red at GoRedForWomen.org.

Key Messages

Go Red For Women is about much more than wearing red. It's about living a longer, stronger life and encouraging your love ones to do the same.

• Go Red by wearing RED on National Wear Red Day, Friday, February 7, 2014. Show the world you are part of a movement that's aimed at raising awareness about women's No. 1 killer.

• Become part of the movement by joining Go Red For Women. Visit GoRedForWomen.org to learn how you can get involved.

• Go Red by speaking red and sharing information about heart disease prevalence, symptoms and prevention with your friends and family. Keep the women in your life informed about how they can make heart healthy lifestyle choices and reduce their risk for heart disease.

• Help Go Red For Women end heart disease in women by making a donation to fund critical, women-related research and education.

• Explain "What it means to Go Red" by sharing the following acronym:

o Get Your Numbers: Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol.

o Own Your Lifestyle: Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise and eat healthy.

o Realize Your Risk: We think it won't happen to us, but heart disease kills 1 in 3 women.

o Educate Your Family: Make healthy food choices for you and your family. Teach your kids the importance of staying active.

o Don't be silent: Tell every woman you know that heart disease is our No. 1 killer. Raise your voice at GoRedForWomen.org.

This February, celebrate Go Red For Women's 10th year on National Wear Red Day by going red in bigger & bolder ways. The American Heart Association is dedicated to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

For more information about Go Red For Women, and ways to get involved please contact Robyn Morrissey at robyn.morrissey@heart.org <mailto:robyn.morrissey@heart.org>.

About the American Heart Association

Founded in 1924, we're the nation's oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke.

To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases - America's No. 1 and No. 4 killers - we fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health.

To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit heart.org <http://www.americanheart.org>.

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