2014-02-14 / Community

Seeing Red For A Cause

Staffers at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital observed National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 7th, by wearing red.

The American Heart Association declared that date “Wear Red Day” to draw attention to the fact that heart disease is the number one killer of women, accounting for more deaths than all forms of cancer combined.

According to a St. John’s spokesperson, “Many of these deaths can be prevented, but most women don’t notice the symptoms until it’s too late. That’s why it’s been called the silent killer. Everyone can help by speaking up and uniting with millions of women to help save lives across America.”

In the Rockaways, the death rate from heart disease is 78 percent higher than the Queens rate and 50 percent higher than the overall New York City rate.

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