Go Red for Women participantsWomen members of Congress celebrated National Wear Red Day a little early on Wednesday, joining American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown  in a group photo to help raise awareness about heart disease — the No. 1 killer of women.

About 40 representatives wore red and gathered on Capitol Hill for the photo session.  Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House minority leader, was able to join the group later and additional photos were taken.

Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), who also serves as an AHA board member, thanked her Republican and Democrat colleagues for standing together in the fight for women’s heart health.

Meanwhile, Pelosi said she felt she wanted “to echo some strong voices in our country on this issue.”

“While heart disease has been identified as a man’s disease, it’s a big killer of women, and I want to thank the association for what they are doing to raise awareness,” she said.

Photos courtesy Richard Greenhouse.

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