VENTURA, Calif. -

Friday, Feb. 7, was National Wear Red Day, a day to build awareness about heart disease.

Heart disease is the nation’s No. 1 killer.

“Conditions like cancer and whatnot get a lot of attention because there is a lot of emotional content in that.  But heart disease is the No. 1 killer.  It eclipses all cancers combined, in terms of mortality,” said cardiologist Dr. Thomas Kong.

The American Heart Association hopes that the Wear Red campaign events will remind women to take concrete actions to reduce their risk of heart disease.

Doctor Kong recommends getting your blood pressure and body mass index checked.  Kong also says you should watch what you eat and get regular exercise.

Community Memorial Health System’s HealthAware Program hosted a free event to celebrate National Wear Red Day.  At the event anyone could get a free blood pressure check, body composition analysis and nutrition counseling.

For more information on the dangers of heart disease click here.

For more information on the free services Community Memorial Health System’s HeartAware Program offers click here.