Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Wear red this week and you'll help bring more awareness to the dangers of heart disease among women.
The 11th annual "Wear Red Day" will be this Friday, Feb. 7th.
National Wear Red day is to let people know heart disease is the leading killer among women, but it' also 80 percent preventable.
Chances of a heart attack can be lowered through daily exercise and a healthy lifestyle.
So far the awareness from National Wear Red Day has helped save more than 650,000 lives.
"It's really had an impact in the community in the fact that women are now recognizing what some of these risk factors are," said Director of the Southern Tier American Heart Association Gina Chapman, "What some of the warning signs are, we're saving more and more women's lives each year through a simple red dress."
Heart disease kills one in three women each year, averaging to about one death per minute.
Women experience different symptoms than men while having a heart attack, which is why "Wear Red Day" is targeting awareness among women.
GHS Federal Credit Union will hold free tests, screenings, and nutrition classes all this week in support of Wear Red Day at their branch locations.
To learn more about "Wear Red Day," and events in the Southern Tier, click here.