KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- People across the nation wore red Friday for National Wear Red Day to support awareness of the number one killer of women, heart disease.
The American Heart Association began the Wear Red Day campaign in 2002 after health statistics showed more women were dying of heart related diseases than all forms of cancer combined.
Borgess hospital has “embraced” Wear Red Day, says cardiac clinical nurse educator Brook Mishler. “It’s all about educating people so that we can preemptively save more lives.”
Symptoms of a heart attack are often different for women compared to men.
Some of the risk factors for heart attacks include: high blood pressure or hypertension, high cholesterol, and a history of smoking.
If you or someone you love could be at risk of heart disease, Borgess and the American Heart Association encourages everyone to get a check up right away.
Doctors say your best line of defense is to know what your risks are and how to identify a problem.
Watch above for an interviews from a heart disease survivor as well as comments from Borgess hospital personnel.