Nags Head, NC – That’s because the typical spotlights on the building will be replaced with red lights to celebrate February as Women’s Heart Health Month.

Cardiovascular disease is the #1 killer of women, claiming the lives of more than nearly half a million each year. That’s one out of every four women or six times more than will die of breast cancer. The Outer Banks Hospital invites you to raise your awareness, be informed and know your numbers.

Start the conversation wearing red for National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 4th. Make a statement in red and show the community your awareness and support.

Secondly, be in the know and hear the facts about your heart health. On February 12 at 9am, Dr. Noel Peterson, a cardiologist from the East Carolina Heart Institute, will present “The Heart Truth,” an informative free lecture at the Front Porch Café in Nags Head.

According to Peterson, women tend to have more atypical symptoms, which lead to missed or late diagnosis and prolonged time to treatment. In addition women with heart disease are not being treated as aggressively as men. “Over the past 40 years, death rates from heart disease have gone down in men but continue to increase in women,” she added. Peterson is the Director of Women’s Cardiovascular Services and Preventative Cardiology at ECHI. To attend “The Heart Truth” call 1-800-472-8500 to register or go online www.theobh.com and select “events.” A complimentary continental breakfast will be provided. Seating is limited.

Thirdly, do you know your numbers? Part of heart-health awareness is knowing those critical numbers – blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose. To help you understand your risk there will be free health screenings in the hospital lobby from 8:30 am to 11:00 am on February 15. Please call 449-9184 by February 13 to make an appointment.

Heart health care begins with you. Go Red and participate in one or all three of these heart healthy events to increase your awareness. You could even save a life. For more information about your heart, visit these websites: www.goredforwomen.org, or www.womenheart.org.