Tampa Fire Rescue joins with the American Heart Association on "National Wear Red Day"

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Tampa Fire Rescue joins with the American Heart Association on "National Wear Red Day" this Friday, February 4th, 2011

The American Heart Association is partnering with Tampa Bay fire stations and first responders on Wear Red Day, Friday, Feb. 4, in honor of women and heart disease.

Men and women are invited to visit their local fire station and get their blood pressure taken. They are then encouraged to plug that number into My Life Check, a free online quiz from the American Heart Association, and receive their heart-health score. In addition to receiving a score between one and 10, you will also receive a customized plan on how to improve your score.

If you’d like to have a health professional discuss your heart score and plan with you on Wear Red Day, visit Palma Ceia Fire Station 14 located 1325 South Church Ave. in Tampa or West Tampa Fire Station 9 located at 2525 W. Chestnut St. between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

To learn your heart score, visit www.Heart.org/MyLifeCheck.

Buildings, businesses and babies are “Going Red” across Tampa Bay to remind everyone that heart disease is still the No. 1 killer of women age 20 and over, killing approximately one woman every minute. More women die of heart disease than the next four causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer. February is American Heart Month and Feb. 4 is National Wear Red Day, a component of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign to make women aware of their risk of heart disease and learn how to make healthy changes.

Go Red Por Tu Corazón is asking Latinas to live for their heart and learn more about how they can make heart-healthy choices to reduce their personal risk for heart disease, take action to protect their families’ hearts and make a difference in their communities. Heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of Hispanic women. On average, Hispanic women are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than non-Hispanic white women and only one in three Hispanic women is aware that heart disease is their No. 1 killer. Learn more at GoRedCorazon.org

Go Red For Women is part of the American Heart Association’s solution to help save women’s lives. With one out of three women still dying from heart disease, we are committed to fighting this No. 1 killer, which is largely preventable. GoRedForWomen.org, a premiere source of information and education, connects millions of women of all ages and gives them tangible resources to turn personal choices into lifesaving actions. We encourage women and the men who love them to embrace the cause.

For more information, please visit www.GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278).

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