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It’s time for women to stand together in the fight for their lives. Because heart disease is their No. 1 killer, affecting more women than men. Because it’s more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. Because women we love are dying and many more are affected every day. But the strength of mothers, sisters, daughters and friends fighting side by side is more powerful than any killer.

Why join the fight?
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women -- mothers, sisters, daughters, friends -- and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.

· Heart disease causes one in three women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.

· An estimated 43 million women in the United States are affected by heart disease.

· Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.

· Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease and the gap between men and women’s survival continues to widen.

· While one in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, heart disease causes one in three deaths each year.

· Heart disease in women requires more attention, more research and swifter action.

· Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, yet only one in five American women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat.

· Women comprise only 24 percent of participants in all heart-related studies.

· Women are less likely to call 911 for themselves when experiencing symptoms of a heart attack than they are for someone else.

The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement has been impacting the health of women for 10 years.

· More than 627,000 women have been saved from heart disease.

· 330 fewer women are dying per day.

· Women who Go Red are more likely to make healthy choices.

o Nearly 90 percent have made at least one healthy behavior change.

o More than one-third have lost weight.

o More than 50 percent have increased their exercise.

o Six out of 10 have changed their diets.

o More than 40 percent have checked their cholesterol levels.

o One-third have talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans.

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