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Wear red for women's heart health on Feb. 1


American Heart Association. (American Heart Association)

Throw on a spot of red today, or a whole outfit.

Women’s heart health takes the forefront in February, and the American Heart Association is exhorting everyone to wear red on Feb. 1 to draw attention to this number one killer of women.

“Heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined,” the American Heart Association said in a statement.

For this month, the association along with CVS Health “is calling on women, and those they love, to support its efforts to improve the overall health of all women.”

Donning something red is a way to start, and keep heart health in mind, the association said in a statement highlighting its Go Red for Women initiative.

“The Go Red for Women movement empowers women to stand up against their greatest health threat, heart disease, which claims the lives of one in three women – a third of our mothers, sisters and friends,” said American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown in the statement. “This year, we celebrate 15 years of Go Red and encourage our volunteers, supporters and staff nationwide to ‘wear red and give’ to raise awareness, inspire action and make our lifesaving work possible.”

The heart association advises women to know their risk factors, including family history. And CVS Health is offering free heart-health screenings every Thursday this month at its retail medical clinic.

This is the 15th year of the Go Red for Women campaign, the association said – its attempt to stem the tide of a health problem that kills one in three women.