Local Doctors Going Red For Women

MEDFORD, Ore. — It’s a fact not everyone knows: heart disease is the number one killer of women. That’s why this Friday has been dubbed “National Wear Red Day.”

It’s a national day asking everyone to wear red to create awareness about women and heart disease. Southern Oregon Cardiology workers are wearing red to do just that. Doctors say preventing heart disease starts with education.

“Women actually have a higher death rate than men, and have since the 1980s, but if you ask women what do they die of they’re usual response is, ‘well it’s going to be cancer’,” explained Dr. Brian Gross.

To prevent heart disease, doctors say you should not smoke, get your blood pressure and diabetes under control, and exercise.