Go Red For Women Campaign

Go Red for Women Day: Heart disease awareness

American Heart Association Wants Women To “Go Red” On Friday

The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement is a mission to help save women's lives.

Ruby Hope was 55 years old when she suffered a heart attack.

We spend Heart Month focusing on women and heart disease and encourage everyone to Go Red to raise awareness.

Myth: Heart disease is for old people.

Cardiologists say the warning signs for women are not the same in men. "It can happen to everyone".

"If you catch it early like me, it's reversible. But you can still do other things preemptively even if the deck is stacked against you".

Did you wear red on Friday?

Davidson, 49, has been involved with Go Red for Women for the past nine years. Her doctor thought it was bronchitis.

Smith isn't letting her stroke keep her down.

"You never know, like me, when tomorrow is going to be a different day and you're not here", Sherlock said.

This rang true through each woman's story, including Laurie Nevill.

Mayo Clinic says SCAD most commonly affects healthy women in their 40s and 50s who don't have any risk factors. "There's still a lot of education and a lot of knowledge we have to get out there". "I should have paid attention".

"They did surgery and she had to have a pacemaker and defibrillator inserted", Farley Christiansen said.

"Eighty percent of them can be prevented", Kerr said.

Do you know what causes heart disease in women? They'll get up to 25-percent discount on a selection of items in the store, said Torres. She, now, is more engaged in the heart and stroke community.

Buck said, adding that the Y they has classes and workouts geared to individuals who may be suffering chronic disease including heart disease. It is often a "silent killer" with no symptoms. "I also wasted eight years of my life not being listened to". "Women were basically passed off as having stress", she said.

"I was at my granddaughter's softball game when I noticed that something wasn't quite right", says Smith.

There were also free heart health screenings and valuable information.

Now, it's something she continues to fight.

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