NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Healthcare workers are putting their focus on heart health today in participation with National Wear Red Day.
The American Heart Association Movement's goal is to raise awareness that cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women.
Around Nashville, you might see a lot of red today as a result.
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At TriStar Centennial, staff wrapped newborn babies in special red blankets and red caps instead of the usual blue or pink and white stripes.
It's a small way to point out that one woman dies about 80 seconds from cardiovascular disease in the United States.
"We know that one in three women is at risk of heart disease, and there's so many things that we can do to prevent that," Amber Price, the Chief Operating Officer with TriStar Centennial Women's Hospital, said.
She added education and lifestyle changes could prevent 80 percent of cardiac events.
"You may have no symptoms whatsoever, and yet you still may have heart disease. Sometimes high blood pressure may be an issue for you, and you may not know that" Price continued. "Nutrition is important. Medications that can affect your health are important, particularly if you're planning on getting pregnant because that doesn't only affect your health, but it may affect the heart health of your baby."
TriStar isn't the only Nashville organization participating.
Ascension Saint Thomas will light up Nissan Stadium red tonight. The American Heart Association will be lighting the Batman Building, Ryman Auditorium, and State Capitol for the day of awareness.