Hardin County Health Department staff wore red on Friday to bring awareness to heart disease as a leading cause of death for Americans.
The heart disease ribbon color is red, and National Heart Month is recognized in February.
According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, heart disease is a leading cause of death in the U.S. It is also the number one killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined.
Smoking is the leading preventable risk factor for heart disease in people who smoke. Tennesseans who smoke can contact the Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine at 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) to enroll in this free service. Smoking cessation services are also available at the local health department.
To learn more about the warning signs of having a heart attack, go to www.nhlbi.nih.gov.