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Published February 07, 2014, 05:46 PM

Go Red for women raises awareness about heart disease

Heart disease is the number one killer of women, taking the lives of 500,000 women every year. February is American Heart Month, and Friday a movement to 'Go Red' for Women is raising awareness about heart disease.

By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ

Heart disease is the number one killer of women, taking the lives of 500,000 women every year. February is American Heart Month, and Friday a movement to 'Go Red' for Women is raising awareness about heart disease.

Heart disease is affecting our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends, and many don't notice the symptoms until it's too late. Still, there are steps you can take to prevent it and stay healthy

When looking at the statistics, heart disease kills more women than all kind of cancers combined. One in three women die from heart disease in the united states. Every minute one woman dies from a heart attack.

Doctors say 90 percent of women have at least one risk factor for heart disease, and those factors go beyond genetics. A lack of exercise, the way we eat and smoking all have an impact. Doctors say women often look past their symptoms, putting others before themselves.

Dr. Ismail Bekdash, Altru Cardiologist said, "They tend to ignore their symptoms. If you look to the statistics, a woman, a mother a wife, or daughter is more likely to call for a husband having a chest pain than to call for herself."

Exercise is one of the best ways to prevent heart disease. Exercise can help lower blood pressure by 10 to 20 points.

Since 2003, the American Heart Association reports 21 percent fewer women are dying from heart disease. Awareness that heart disease is the number one health threat for women is also up - that by 23 percent.

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