Urging Women to Get the Facts about Heart Disease

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In anticipation of National Wear Red Day on February 2, First Lady Patricia Blagojevich today urged people, especially women, to learn about the signs, symptoms and treatments for heart disease, as well as the steps they can take to ensure good heart health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American women and claims the lives of almost 500,000 women a year, or about one woman every minute. The latest statistics show that more than 14,500 women in Illinois died from heart disease in 2004. National Wear Red Day is a day when Americans nationwide should wear red to show their support for women's heart disease awareness. Governor Rod R. Blagojevich proclaimed February "Women's Healthy Heart Month."

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"Too many mothers, sisters, aunts and daughters are lost every year to heart disease. That's why we're encouraging everyone in Illinois to wear red on Friday," said Mrs. Blagojevich. "By raising awareness about heart disease and teaching women how they can lower their risk of having a heart attack, hopefully, we can save lives."

"As we increase awareness of heart disease among women, we also need to make sure women are taking their risk of this disease personally. Women need to take the information they learn about heart disease and apply it to themselves and look at what risk factors they may have," said Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. "We want every woman to be aware of heart disease, to know the causes and realize what risk factors they have so they can work to reduce them."

"We greatly appreciate Gov. Blagojevich

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