Friday marks 15th annual Go Red for Women Day

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    One in three women have some type of cardiovascular disease. To combat that, Friday is Go Red for Women Day.

    This is the 15th year for the nation-wide push from the American Heart Association.

    One West Michigan heart disease survivor told Newschannel 3 wearing red might seem like a small gesture, but the awareness it brings means a lot for her and other survivors and their families.

    Cardiovascular diseases kill one woman about every 80 seconds. It's the number one killer of American women.

    Those with the American Heart Association said about 80 percent of those deaths can be prevented, which is why they hold awareness events like Go Red for Women.

    As part of Go Red Day, at Art Hop in Kalamazoo on Friday, the American Heart Association is expected to host Heart Hop at The Epic Center. It's an interactive art exhibit and class where you can get a firsthand look at what it would be like to survive a stroke or heart attack.

    “It’s really geared around individuals having an opportunity, so say If you have a stroke survivor, a lot of times they can have a deficit and they maybe have a little bit of motor issues or heart survivors can have the same issue, so this is a great way for them to come in and kind of try a new experience and then also for their family and friends to come in and see what they go through,” said Kimberly Earnshaw, the Go Red for Women Director for the American Heart Association in SW Michigan.

    Heart Hop at is planned at the Epic Center on the Kalamazoo Mall beginning at 5 p.m.

    The American Heart Association has some tips to help you lead a healthier life:

    Know Your Numbers (total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index) and talk to your doctor to lower your heart health risk.

    Move more and eat smart. Make physical activity and healthy eating a priority by joining the #GoRedGetFit team on Facebook and sharing with your Facebook friends.

    Manage blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, commit to monitoring it regularly.

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