People wearing red to support American Heart Association

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. --People across the metro are showing their support for the American Heart Association and wearing all things red.

The Go Red for Women Red Dress Dash is Friday. Registration starts at 4:30 p.m. The race itself starts at 6:15 p.m.

Female cardiologists, members of the American Heart Association and several former patients visited women in the cardiovascular intensive care unit at Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute Friday to deliver red scarves as a symbol of support.

"It links that woman who's here frightened with her diagnosis of heart disease with all of us via the red scarf that we're here with her, that we are here for, that we are family,” Dr. Tracy Stevens, Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute, said. “Our own volunteers who are survivors of heart disease themselves, they are the most important person of all this healthcare team who visits that woman today.”

The group delivers red scarves once a month. More than 7,000 have been delivered to date.

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