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Going Red for Women's Health in South Dakota

The American Heart Association is hosting several events in Sioux Falls to bring awareness to women's heart health issues. (iStockphoto)
The American Heart Association is hosting several events in Sioux Falls to bring awareness to women's heart health issues. (iStockphoto)
February 5, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - February is American Heart Month, and the goal is to help raise awareness of heart health. The American Heart Association is asking people to support its "Go Red For Women" campaign by participating in today's National Wear Red Day event.

Chrissy Meyer, communications director of the American Heart Association of South Dakota, says the idea's simple: just wear something red and show it off.

"Heart Disease is the number one killer of women," says Meyer. "And so we are aiming to help women across America and right here in the Dakotas to take charge of their health in one doctor visit."

Meyer says a "well-woman check up" is fully covered by most insurance providers and could help spot red flags for possible heart health issues. The association is also running several events throughout the month in Sioux Falls.

Meyer says it's important for women to understand the scope of the problem. According to the association, heart disease and stroke kill one in three women each year, more than all cancers combined. Additionally, up to 90 percent of women may have risk factors for those heart problems.

"But the good news is that heart disease and stroke, they're 80 percent preventable with simple lifestyle changes and education," she says. "And that's really what the Go Red for Women movement is really all about, encouraging women to take their heart health into their own hands."

On February 11, The American Heart Association will be hosting a heart month Twitter chat hosted by South Dakota native Holly Hoffman, who was a competitor on the TV show Survivor.

Later that day the Association will also host a fashion show and benefit. More information is available at GoRedForWomen.org.

Brandon Campbell, Public News Service - SD