THV 11's Ashley Blackstone and Alyse Eady both wearing red on National Wear Red Day. (Photo: Lindsey Tugman/THV 11)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Heart disease kills thousands Arkansans each year and according to the American Heart Association, the disease is still the number one killer of women nationwide.
Heart disease kills more than 450,000 women each year and the disease has been as much a problem in Arkansas as in other states. Although the rate has declined in the state by about 11 percent since the 1970s, at nearly 11,000 deaths a year, the number is still high.
The American Heart Association designates the first Friday of February to raising awareness about the disease with National Wear Red Day.
UAMS Pharmacy students Sarah Volgas and Melanie Smith stopped by "THV 11 This Morning" to share ways to help keep your heart healthy.
More on American Heart Month: http://www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/
More on Go Red for Women: https://www.goredforwomen.org/
More on Wear Red Day: http://www.goredforwomen.org/wearredday/