Go Red For Women February events

"That's an average of one death every forty seconds", said Jessica DiMeo, the Senior Regional Director of Communications at the American Heart Association.

Keep track of your blood pressure, cholesterol and weight.

The Heart Walk, scheduled for June 9, is an opportunity to raise money for the AHA, as well as show your support for those who suffer from heart disease.

The American Heart Association has scheduled a number of events in February including National Wear Red Day, free health screenings at CVS and Heart Health Day at the Indiana Statehouse at the end of February. On this day, it's encouraged to wear red to not only advocate for more research and action to be taken towards women's health, but also in honor of those who have been affected by this awful disease.

Heart disease is South Carolina's leading killer for women among all racial and ethnic groups.

GRAFTON-Still over a week to go before Valentine's Day, yet millions of people all across the nation are going red today, in honor of a greater cause.

In addition to wearing red, women are encouraged to talk about heart health as well as make a commitment to get active, eat healthy, and monitor blood pressure.

The event is sponsored by St. Mary's Regional Heart Institute and the American Heart Association. Go Red for Women advocates for more research and swifter action for women's heart health. One in five women and one in four men die of heart disease.

That's why the Go Red For Women Movement was created and National Wear Red Day furthers that mission.

To find out more about women and heart disease, visit www.hearttruth.gov or call the NHLBI Health Information Center at 301/592-8573. WSPA Channel 7 will be broadcasting live from Union throughout National Wear Red Day, presenting interviews with local residents about what they are doing in celebration of Wear Red Day and Heart Awareness Month and/or their personal experiences with heart disease.