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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

February  2, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  About once every minute, a woman in the United states dies of heart disease. Albany's Mayor wants to change that.  

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in America. More women die of heart disease than the next four leading causes of death combined, but most women don't consider it a major risk.

On Monday, Mayor Willie Adams signed a proclamation declaring Friday as Go Red for Women Day.

"I think it's incredibly important for us to have a day where we really focus our communities to the fact that this is the leading cause of death for women," said Lori Cauley, Regional Director American Heart Association. "We do that by having our citizens wear red to show their support of that."

Both women and men are asked to wear red on Friday in order to increase awareness about heart disease, and encourage women to see a physician about their heart health.

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