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Women dress in red to support American Heart Association's 'Go Red' campaign

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ROANOKE (WSLS10) - Heart disease is the number one killer of women in Roanoke City and Roanoke County, according to the American Heart Association. Thursday, hundreds of women gathered to raise awareness about the deadly disease.

More than 300 community members came out for the American Heart Association's 'Go Red for Women' luncheon.

The event raised more than $50,000 which benefits heart disease, stroke research and prevention education for women.

Local health leaders were also on hand to talk about how women can fight heart disease.

"Check your weight, keep your cholesterol under control, make sure you're up to date on all of your physicals and just be aware of your heart health... that's the biggest thing," said Dalh Brown, the director of development at the AHA.

Free health screenings were also offered.