In its ongoing effort to elevate public awareness about heart disease, the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® movement is teaming up with Emmy-nominated actress Elizabeth Banks to share the truth about the No. 1 killer of women.

HELPING SAVE WOMEN LIVES—From left: Karen Colbert and Darra Duckett of Washington, Pa., with Iceburgh, the Penguins’ mascot. (Photos by J.L. Martello)

More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined. Unfortunately, heart disease is often silent, hidden and misunderstood. That’s why Go Red For Women asked the women of Pittsburgh to participate in the 9th Annual National Wear Red Day to make ending heart disease a reality.

Currently, some eight million women in the U.S. are living with heart disease, yet only one in six women believe heart disease is her greatest health threat. In fact, 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.

On National Wear Red Day, Banks joined the American Heart Association to help shed light on this issue at Go Red For Women’s national kickoff at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City.

“I’m working with the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement to remind all women that heart disease doesn’t just happen to men, the elderly, or to someone else,” said Banks, Emmy-nominated actress and Go Red For Women spokesperson. “Heart disease can kill you or a woman you love. We can stop our No. 1 killer together by sharing the truth. We can be the difference between life and death.”

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