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Go Red For Women celebrates five years

This year the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women campaign celebrates its 5th anniversary of building awareness and educating women about cardiovascular disease, the No. 1 killer of American women.

In 1997, only 7 percent of women believed that heart disease was the greatest threat to women's health. Since the inception of Go Red For Women, that number has nearly tripled. Yet, in spite of our efforts, only one in five women (21 percent) believe that heart disease is the leading cause of death among women.

Additionally,

¥ Specific knowledge of warning signs and prevention methods is lacking.

¥ Awareness among minority women (especially Hispanic women) and younger women remains very low.

¥ Stroke awareness among women continues to be lower than that of heart disease.

¥ The number of women having open dialogue with their doctors about their risk for heart disease must improve.

One woman will die almost every minute from heart disease this year. Until more women are aware of this deadly -- but often preventable -- disease, this statistic is not likely to change.

That's why we need you! Please help us spread the word. Gain more knowledge. Take action. Help save lives. For more information, visit goredforwomen.org or call 1-888-MYHEART (1-888-694-3278) today.

Learn more about healthy living

For more information on how to enjoy a healthy and active life, visit our new, more robust Go Red For Women Web site at goredforwomen.org and look for information on:

¥ Go Red Heart CheckUp: Use this free, interactive, online assessment tool to help you learn your risk of heart disease and to receive customized tips on how to lower your risk.

¥ Choose To Move: Designed especially for women, this free 12-week physical activity program offers weekly guidance and support to get you moving in 12 weeks.

¥ Heart Healthy at any age: It's never too late -- or too early -- to learn healthy living tools.

¥ Real women just like you: Read stories from real women who struggle and live with heart health issues.

¥ Ask the expert: Send your questions and get answers from an expert in the field of cardiovascular disease in women.

¥ Get involved: Find Go Red For Women events and activities around the country.

¥ The latest headlines in the fight against heart disease in women.

And much more. Join the movement today at goredforwomen.org.

Go Red for Women en Espanol

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Hispanic women in America. Find customized heart healthy news and tips and much more in Spanish at www.goredforwomencorazon.org.

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