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FOR RELEASE: January 25 , 2007
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Heart Disease is Leading Cause of Death in Women
Feb. 2 is National Wear Red Day

On Friday, Feb. 2, National Wear Red Day, women and men across the country will wear red to give women a personal and urgent wake-up call about their risk of heart disease and remind them it is the leading cause of death in women. Everyone can participate by showing off a favorite red dress, shirt, or tie, or by wearing the “Red Dress Pin.” Join other Oklahomans by wearing red on Feb. 2 and encourage your family, friends, and coworkers to do the same.

Every day in Oklahoma, 14 women die of heart disease. The risks of heart disease include having:

  • Uncontrolled or undetected high blood pressure
  • Uncontrolled or undetected high blood cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • A family history of a parent or sibling dying of heart disease, or having a heart event before the age of 55
  • Smoking or using tobacco products
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Eating a diet high in calories, saturated fat, and salt
  • Not being physically active

Please join the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the American Heart Association, and help spread the word about women and heart disease. For ideas and tools to help you participate in National Wear Red Day or to order a Red Dress Pin, visit www.hearttruth.gov. or visit http://www.goredforwomen.org.

For more information on heart disease, contact the nearest American Heart Association office, or call 1-888-MY-HEART, or contact the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s Chronic Disease Service at 405-271-4072.

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