Today is National Wear Red Day

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Heart disease is the number one killer of Tennesseans and it's likely to affect you or someone you love.

The American Heart Association estimates one woman dies every minute from heart disease.

So all around country Friday people are going red for women. It's National Wear Red Day.

The day was created because more women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined.

Symptoms of a heart attack are often different for women compared to men.

Go Red for Women encourages women to educate themselves and their families.

Some of the risk factors for heart attacks include: High blood pressure or hypertension, high cholestorol, and a history of smoking.

If you or someone you love could be at risk of heart disease, there's no reason to wait.

Doctors say your best line of defense is to know what your risks are and how to identify a problem.

"I think people are aware of the risk factors, but sometimes they are not sure what kind of goals they have to achieve," says Cardiologist Dr. Joseph C. Liu. "With sedetary lifestyle for example they want to be exercising 30 minutes a day."

There's also an event Saturday to help you learn more about cardiovascular health.

HEARTWISE is from 7:30am-2pm at the Heart Lung Vascular Institute at the UT Medical Center. For more information call: 305-6970.

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