MADISON  — The American Heart Association, together with its Go Red for Women movement, is asking you to wear red to support Go Red for Women on National Wear Red Day on Feb. 1.

Why wear red? Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined, according to the American Heart Association. Heart disease and stroke claim the lives of one in three women.

Here’s how you can support those fighting heart disease and stroke in Wisconsin:

  • Wear red on Feb. 1
  • Share a picture of you, your family, friends or colleagues going red. Post on social media with the hashtag #WearRedDay

While nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented through education and lifestyle changes, cardiovascular diseases continue to be a woman’s greatest health threat, according to the American Heart Association. To treat, beat and prevent heart disease and stroke, women should understand family health history, know their five key personal health numbers to help determine risk and make healthy behavior changes like moving more, eating smart and managing blood pressure.