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A woman wearing a red shirt and smiling as she leans against a doorframe.The facts are clear. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US and the No. 1 killer of women. It kills more women than all forms of cancer combined.

Unfortunately, heart disease isn’t always easy to identify. The condition is often silent, hidden and misunderstood. For example, it is commonly thought of as a man’s disease. Or, as an older woman’s disease.

Common risk factors for a heart attack are smoking, high-stress lifestyles and obesity.

READ: What Every Black Woman Should Know About Heart Disease

Why Every Black Woman Should Wear Red was originally published on blackdoctor.org

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