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February 5, 2016

5 Numbers to Know for National Wear Red Day

by Lisa Davis

If you’re seeing red today, it’s probably because some of your friends and acquaintances are using a splash of color to draw attention to the fight against heart disease in women. And with good reason: While coronary heart disease is recognized as a major threat to American men, a lot of people aren’t aware that it’s also the #1 killer of women.

Here are a few other numbers worth pondering in honor of National Wear Red Day:

80 percent of women between the ages of 40 and 60 have at least one risk factor for heart disease.

Take out a tape measure—if your waist is more than 35 inches, you’re at increased risk of heart disease.

You can protect your heart by getting as little as 30 minutes of moderate exercise on most days. Exercising every day is even better.

If you’re at increased risk for heart disease, here’s a reassuring thought: Women can lower their risk by as much as 82 percent just by making healthy lifestyle changes.