American Heart Association celebrates 'National Wear Red Day'

In this photo provided by American Heart Association, actress Elizabeth Banks, second right, makes a heart sign with women affected by heart disease, from left, Eva Gomez, of Boston, Tamara Barber, of Allston, Mass., and Shermane Wofford-Winters, of St. Louis, during American Heart Association's Go Red For Women event to raise awareness about heart disease, the number one killer of women, Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, at Macy's Herald Square in New York, on National Wear Red Day. (AP Photo/American Heart Association, Diane Bondareff)

February 7, 2014 12:33:11 PM PST
As part of an effort to build awareness of heart disease in women, the American Heart Association is encouraging everyone to wear red Friday.

"National Wear Red Day" comes just as the American Heart Association issued its first guidelines for preventing strokes in women.

Each year, nearly 800,000 Americans have a new or recurrent stroke, the leading cause of death for women.

February is heart health month.