National Go Red for Women Day

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The American Heart Association encourages people to wear red on Friday in order to raise awareness of women’s heart health on National Wear Red Day.

Many people don’t realize that heart disease is the number one killer of women. In fact, heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined.

List: Local events for Go Red for Women

One in three women will be affected by heart disease in their lifetime and most don’t know they even have it.

There are several ways to help prevent heart disease including eating well, exercise, not smoking, knowing your cholesterol levels and dangers of high blood pressure, and laughter.

“Stress can cause heart disease. Laughter just gets it out of yourself,” said Barb Duchemin, a Physician’s Assistant at Grand Valley Health Centers. “It’s something we really try to promote that you find things that are healthy and happy for yourself.”

Smoking can increase a woman’s risk by 50 percent and can cause heart disease 20 years earlier.

Symptoms of heart disease can be hard to detect in women but Barb Duchemin talks about some of the signs to look out for. Watch her entire interview by clicking on the video player above.

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