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Women's Center hosts National Wear Red Day
Sam Bates
Antelope Staff
Photo by Sam Bates
Danielle Cappel, a freshman from McCook, gets her blood pressure checked by Mike Albers, a junior UNMC nursing student from Kearney, during National Wear Red Day on Feb. 5.

Are you a woman who knows heart disease run in your family? Have you put the idea you might have something to worry about in the back of your mind in hopes of not ever having to deal with it?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, National Wear Red Day was for you.

On Feb. 5 the Women’s Center hosted an event in the student union for National Wear Red Day, a day designated to raise awareness for heart disease in women. The event included free blood pressure testing, door prizes and informational handouts.

Trish Holen of the Women’s Center said the day went very well with plenty of participation from students passing through the student union.

National Wear Red Day, held the first Friday of February, is supported by, among other organizations, “The Heart Truth,” a campaign of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The Red Dress became the symbol of “The Heart Truth” in 2002 as a way to alert American women to their No. 1 killer – heart disease.

Holen said it’s important for women to take advantage of these opportunities to take care of their heart because of how often heart disease in women goes underreported by physicians. “Our signs and symptoms can be very different. The pain can be in the middle of our back, between our shoulder blades, or we might think we just pulled a muscle. The more women start talking to their doctors, I think it’s going to raise physician awareness so that they can be better informed about what they’re doing and what they’re looking for,” Holen said.

Though National Wear Red Day is designed to inform women, men were also welcome to take part in the event.

If you’d like more information about heart disease go to hearttruth.gov or contact the Women’s Center at womenscenter@unk.edu.

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