February is not just the month of love, it's also a time to raise awareness for the health of women all over the world. Specifically, heart health. The American Heart Association is celebrating its 16th Annual 'Go Red for Women' initiative. According to KIVI, cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women. So every year, the AHA hosts events around the country to "help bring awareness to women's heart health and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women around the world." Wearing red throughout the month of February is a way to bring awareness to the issue.

Wearing red is also a great way to remind yourself and other women to get screened for diseases and watch for those warning signs. Here are some warning signs you should know that could save your life (via KIVI):

  • Heart attack signs include pain in the neck, jaw, back, stomach, both arms or chest, as well as nausea, shortness of breath or lightheadedness.
  • For stroke signs, remember F.A.S.T.--face drooping, arm weakness, slurred speech, and time to call 911.

To join the initiative, wear red on February 7 for National Wear Red Day. You can also attend the Go Red for Women Luncheon, on Friday, February 21 at Boise Centre East (10:30 a.m.). According to KIVI, the event will feature a health expo and a silent auction. The keynote speaker is two-time Olympic medalist skier Shannon Bahrke.

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