Wear red day at KGH - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Wear red day at KGH

Posted: Updated:

To honor the start of American Heart Month, Kennewick General Hospital is celebrating National Wear Red Day.

Workers at the hospital spent Friday dressed in red. The idea it to raise awareness in the fight against heart disease in women.

 They even served red food in the cafeteria as a reminder that heart disease takes the lives of 433,000 American women each year. To put that in context, that's almost one per minute.

 Doctors and nurses say only 1 in 5 women believe heart disease is their greatest health threat.

"Women don't feel heart issues the same as men and we need to realize that and get that information out. The first symptoms women usually feel are overwhelming fatigue and shortness of breath, not the normal chest pressure and pain," KGH Cardiac Rehab Nurse Kim Barnes said.

Nurses say it's important to be active, eat smartly, manage stress and maintain a healthy weight. Also make sure to go for regular medical checkups.