If you're seeing red, there's a reason.
Today is "National Wear Red Day," a movement launched by the American Heart Association in 2003 to spread awareness that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, but that it can be prevented and treated.
"More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined," said Karen Colbert, communications director for the association's Pittsburgh office.
According to the association, 43 million American women are affected by heart disease.
Among both men and women, there were 3,336 deaths attributed to heart disease in Allegheny County in 2010, the latest year for which data is available, according to the county Mortality Report.
There is often the perception that heart disease is a man's problem, but it also affects women in large numbers, said Karen Hacker, director of the county Health Department.
Women can work toward better heart health by taking steps such as eating healthy food, exercising and paying attention to indicators such as cholesterol and blood pressure, Ms. Colbert said.
On behalf of Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Dr. Hacker will proclaim today "Wear RED Day" in the county and at noon will participate in a heart health screening in the lobby of Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC in Oakland.
Free cardiovascular screenings for both men and women will be offered in the same lobby from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Additional times and locations for free screenings can be found at upmc.com/checkyourheart.
Downtown, Highmark will conduct free blood pressure screenings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Fifth Avenue Place.
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