NAGS HEAD, N.C.—Cardiovascular diseases are the number one killer of women. To help you assess their risk for heart disease, The Outer Banks Hospital is hosting a Heart Health Fair on Friday, February 13th. The health fair will take place in the hospital’s lobby from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. To register for a free health screen, please call 449.9183.

The event will include free heart disease screenings (including cholesterol, blood glucose, weight and blood pressure) with immediate results, helpful literature on heart disease and an open house of the hospital’s Cardiology Department.

“Knowing your risks and managing your health wisely are the keys to staying healthy,” said Van Smith, President of The Outer Banks Hospital. “Promoting wellness is one of the cornerstone’s of the hospitals mission, and we want to raise the awareness of women in our community so that they can learn as much as they can about heart disease and its effects,” added Smith.

According to the American Heart Association, coronary heart disease, which causes heart attack, is the leading cause of death for American women. Risk factors also increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Factors—such as tobacco smoke, high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, physical inactivity, obesity and overweight, and diabetes mellitus—can be modified, treated or controlled through lifestyle changes and medicine, if needed. “Women can also be affected by contributing factors, such as high triglyceride levels, excessive alcohol intake and individual response to stress,” added Smith. “Heart disease doesn’t just affect women after a certain age. One in three female adults has some form of cardiovascular disease,” he noted.

Hospital employees will be challenged to wear red on Friday, February 13th, and the hospital itself will place red filters on its flood lights to emphasize the need for women to learn the warning signs of heart disease. The hospital is also challenging other businesses to encourage their employees to wear red on February 13.