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Stand Up for Women's Heart Health -- Wear Red

Join the movement to make women more aware of the risks of heart disease on Friday, National Wear Red Day , by sporting a favorite red dress, shirt or tie.

"Many women think heart disease is a man's disease,” said Carline Calderone Baiseley, Greenwich health director. “It isn't. Heart disease is the leading cause of death of American women."

The town Division of Family Health will offer blood pressure screenings Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Town Hall lobby. Red dress pins and literature about women's heart health will also be available.

The most common type of heart disease in the U.S. is coronary heart disease, which often results in a heart attack, the town Department of Health said. In 2011, an estimated 785,000 Americans will have a heart attack for the first time, and about 470,000 will have a second attack. Knowing the signs of a heart attack is crucial to ensuring a positive outcome. Women should talk to their doctors about heart disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and take action to control them.

February is designated American Heart Month to bring attention to the leading cause of death in the U.S. Wear red day is intended to make women take heart health seriously.

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