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Wear Red Day Brings Awareness For Heart Disease, Women

UAMS nurses say there is still work to be done to help women better recognize the early signs of heart disease.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Heart disease is the leading killer of women in the U.S.

Women at the UAMS College of Nursing are wearing red today to bring awareness to this issue. It's part of the National
Wear Red Day.

Since the campaign began 11 years ago, organizers say awareness has gone up. But Doctor Jean McSweeney at the UAMS College of Nursing says there is still work to be done.

"Not only do women die from this disease at tremendous numbers but when women have a heart attack they're much more
likely than men to be disabled once they've had it," says McSweeney.

Doctor McSweeney and other researchers at UAMS have been working on tools to better recognize the early signs of
heart disease. She says the number one thing women can do to improve their heart health is quit smoking.
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