Why Every Black Woman Should Wear Red

A woman in a black shirt holding a red paper heartThe facts are clear. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US and the No. 1 killer of women. It kills more women than all forms of cancer combined.

Unfortunately, heart disease isn’t always easy to identify. The condition is often silent, hidden and misunderstood. For example, it is commonly thought of as a man’s disease. Or, as an older woman’s disease.

Common risk factors for a heart attack are smoking, high-stress lifestyles and obesity.

READ: What Every Black Woman Should Know About Heart Disease

The month of February is American Heart Month, and Feb. 5 is National Wear Red Day, as a part of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign to raise awareness about the risks of heart disease for women.