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National wear red day


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)-- February is American heart month and Friday is "National Wear Red Day". It's a day set aside to promote heart disease awareness among women.

In Rochester the word is being spread, and red clothing worn, by folks who take heart disease seriously.

Heart disease effects one in six women. It is the number one killer of women and wearing red Friday was just one way to encourage women to learn about the disease, raise awareness, and get people talking.

Mayo Clinic employees and volunteers stood shoulder to shoulder in the Gonda building, forming a sea of red. A large group turned out to listen to speakers including senator Amy Klobuchar who shared their personal stories.

Cardiologist Sharonne Hayes encourages women not only to get educated about heart disease but also to take steps to get help. Hayes states,  "Number one if you smoke, quite. Beyond that move more...physical activity reduces the risk of not only heart disease, but cancer and everything else, and obviously eat a healthy diet so you stay a normal weight and you eat low fat and high vegetable foods so you can keep your heart healthy and ticking."

Some of the common symptoms of a heart attack in women include pain and discomfort in the chest and upper body... like arms, back, neck, and jaw. You know your body best and if something just doesn't seem right the best thing you can do is go get it checked out.

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