SEATTLE — The American Heart Association is calling all women -- and those who support them -- to wear red on Friday, Feb. 5 as part of the annual Go Red for Women campaign to call attention to cardiovascular disease, the primary killer of women in the U.S.
According to the AHA, heart disease is linked to more deaths in women than all forms of cancer combined.
KOMO TV will participate in the annual campaign on Friday by having on-air news anchors in red along with Gaard Swanson on that day's episode of Seattle Refined. DJs at STAR 101.5 and KVI Talk Radio will also wear red.
Look for photos of all of KOMO's on-air personalities wearing red on our social media pages.
The cause is an important one.
The American Heart Association recently noted an alarming decline in awareness about cardiovascular disease, particularly among young women. That's because women, especially minority females, are disproportionally impacted by heart disease and stroke.
The Go Red for Women initiative is the American Heart Association’s signature women’s campaign to end heart disease and stroke in women. The group works in communities around the world to help women understand that cardiovascular disease is their greatest health threat and that they should take action to lower their risk.
According to the AHA, Go Red for Women has funded life-saving women’s research, advanced public health policy, championed closing gender gaps in research and STEM and created a platform for women to address their greatest health risk – cardiovascular disease over the past 17 years.
For more information about Go Red for Women, click here.