Go Red for Heart Disease Awareness

Published: Feb. 6, 2015 at 6:51 AM CST
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The NewsChannel 7 Today team wore red on Friday morning to raise awareness for heart disease.

Our own Sanika Dange was joined in studio by Carla Cole from the Cardiovascular Institute of Northwest Florida to learn more about this campaign: Go Red.

According to Cole, Go Red was started about 10 years ago by the American Heart Association to raise awareness of heart disease in Women. She said the vast majority of information on heart disease concerned how it affected men, not women.

Heart Disease presents itself very differently in women than it does in men. Rather than losing the ability to use their left arm or feeling a sharp pain in their chest women more often present less obvious symptoms.

Fatigue, irritability, shortness of breath, and tiredness are more common sign of heart disease in women. Cole said frequently it takes a while for women to even recognize those symptoms as something being wrong.

Heart disease is the number one killer in women. In fact, more women than men die of heart attacks every year.

The American Heart Association's Go Red campaign is trying to get as many people as they can involved by spreading the word--or picture. They're offering a $500 prize to one special winner who takes a picture of themself wearing red and tags it on social media under #GoRedSelfie