Cardiovascular disease claims the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year. Yet many women still dismiss it as an older man’s disease. To dispel the myths and raise awareness of heart disease as the No. 1 killer of women, the American Heart Association in 2004 created Go Red For Women, a passionate and emotional social initiative that empowers women to take charge of their heart health.
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The Go Red For Women movement harnesses the energy, passion and power of women to band together to wipe out heart disease. It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce it. It also gives them the tools to lead a heart healthy life.
Today, about 43 million women of all ethnicities in the United States — including Hispanics —are affected by heart disease: