BATON ROUGE (NBC33) — More than 500,000 women die from heart disease each year, which means more than 500,000 funerals each year that could be prevented.
That's why you may see a lot of people wearing red today. People across the nation are wearing this bold color to create awareness about heart disease, which is the number one killer for women.
Hundreds of people and dozens of local organizations gathered at the river center for the American Heart Association's “Go Red for Women” luncheon to show their support for those who fight the disease every day.
"I tell people it's like giving me a high-five,” said Mary Leah Coco, a heart disease survivor. “Every time I see somebody in red, it's like saying, I support you. I believe in your battle as a heart disease warrior, and we want to stop this number one killer of women."
Kristie Genzer, Executive Chair of the 2014 luncheon, said: "We started with a group of 50 women with an idea, and it's gradually culminated to where we expect 900 plus today."
A sign that you might have heart disease is simply heart pain and tightness in your chest, so doctors urge everyone to get screened now.