CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Friday is National Wear Red Day to support the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement in the fight against heart disease and stroke in women.

Cardiovascular disease is the Number one killer of women, with more than 44 percent of women 20 years old and older living with some form of cardiovascular disease. Significant disparities also persist for many women, in access to quality care, representation in research, and knowing CPR.

Red was the favorite color at the Chicopee Council on Aging Friday, where the Rivermills Wellness Health Center celebrated women’s heart health with blood pressure screenings. The women having their blood pressure checked are aware that it’s not just men who risk having a heart attack by ignoring their blood pressure numbers.

“They have to get their blood pressure in a lower range, because that could lead to a heart attack or a stroke,” said Registered Nurse Dianne Copeland.

The go Red for Women initiative encourages awareness of the issue of women and heart disease, as well as actions to save more lives, according to Go Red for Women. This movement harnesses the energy and the power women have to join together and wipe out heart disease. It challenges women to know the risks of heart disease and to take action in order to reduce their personal risk.

“Knowing Your Numbers” is a key asset to help you determine your risk for heart diseases, like your blood pressure, blood sugar, and body mass index.