The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, together with its signature movement, Go Red for Women, encourages women to wear red on Friday, Feb. 7 to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease.

Cardiovascular disease kills one woman every 80 seconds and takes more lives than all forms of cancer combined. Heart disease and stroke also affect the lives of one in three women and cardiac events are on the rise in young women in their 20s, according to AHA.

Manassas, Va., resident Monique Acosta House was constantly exhausted. It turned out she had heart failure — at the tender age of 22.

“I was in my 20s and thought I was invincible,” said House, who has been selected as a 2020 Go Red for Women national ambassador.

Eventually, House needed a heart transplant, and now she advocates for heart health, diversity among clinical trial participants and strong communication between patients and doctors.

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