AUSTIN, Texas — On Friday, Mayor Steve Adler signed a proclamation declaring Feb. 7, 2020, National Wear Red Day in Austin.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the goal of National Wear Red Day is to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease, one of the greatest health threat to women.

The day is marked on the first Friday of every February, which the AHA has designated American Heart Month.

The KVUE Daybreak Team participated in the day by all wearing red.

The AHA said cardiovascular disease kills a woman every 80 seconds and causes more deaths than all forms of cancer combined. It said heart disease and stroke impacts one-third of women.

Approximately 80% of cardiovascular diseases can be prevented through changes to diet and lifestyle, according to the AHA. They said despite this, disparities in care for women's heart health continues to exist.

The AHA is a Dallas-based organization dedicated to being a source of health information to the public.

Information about how to support or donate to the AHA can be found on the organization's website.

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