Roanoke hospital goes red

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Today marks the 15th anniversary of National Wear Red Day. Staff at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital are working to raise awareness about the risk of heart disease in women.

The hospital's goal is to not only educate patients but also its employees. Doctors and nurses say awareness is key, especially for women working in high stress jobs like those in the medical field.

"As healthcare providers, we all need to take care of ourselves sometimes we consider ourselves invincible or that's not going to happen to me, but it can happen to all of us," Melanie Johnson, a Carilion nurse, said.

Since the start of the campaign, the rate of women dying by heart attack and stroke has decreased. The American Heart Association says 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.