La Crosse area clad in red for “Go Red for Women” national day

The La Crosse area was clad in red Friday in a show of support for women’s heart health.

The day was “Go Red for Women,” a national movement meant to raise awareness and money for heart disease among women.

While the day sheds light on heart health for both men and women, the American Heart Association says heart disease often goes undetected among women in particular. Local health care providers say it’s an issue that takes a community to solve.

“In the Midwest we see a lot of those risk factors that have not been adequately addressed. I think our community and their primary care providers are looking more at prevention, and hopefully we’ll see that impact our heart disease rates as time goes on,” said Gundersen Health System Nurse Practitioner Janice Schroeder.

Heart disease is the number one killer in America, and with an aging population its only expected to get worse.

You can learn about the signs and symptoms of heart disease at the Go Red for Women website.

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