Go Red: Fight Heart Disease in Women
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on January 26, 2013 @ 2:42PM
Created on January 26, 2013 @ 2:28PM

Early Saturday morning, the Waterfront Hotel Plaza in Morgantown was full of ladies in red. That's because Mon General Hospital partnered with the American Heart Association to put on a heart disease awareness event.

The hotel was full of women of all ages learning about heart disease and having a little fun.

"we see so many women that come into the hospital with heart disease and we're trying to promote heart health awareness in women. So that way it can maybe decrease the number of women that are having problems with their heart," said Cindy Jaworski, Co-Organizer.

There are many different factors that can cause heart disease and most of them are controllable like high blood pressure, cholesterol, and smoking, but they focused on one major factor.

"The focus today was stress and it's impact on heart disease. So we talked about how stress negatively impacts heart disease and the various ways to minimize stress," said Latoya Linton-Frazier, Cardiologist.

They have many different booths here on how to educate women and one of them is how to help your skin. But they also had hands on events.

"How women can change the heart health of their whole family by making some small changes in the diet and the way they cook.," said Helene Moncman, American Heart Association.

Now West Virginia is number seven in the nation for deaths by cardiovascular disease. So the goal is to move our mountain state further down the list.

"Males are usually more susceptible to heart disease than women. I think that women are so used to being the caretakers in their family that their always thinking that they need to take care of their hospital or they children and make sure that they don't become sick with something. That the men don't have problems. So they often overlook their own," said Cindy Jaworski.

Many women don't even have heart disease on their radar.

"Heart disease is the number one killer of women. Most people believe that there greatest fear or their greatest risk is cancer or others cancer related. But heart disease kills more women in one year than all cancers combined," said Helene Moncman.

For more information, click here.  Be sure to wear your red next Friday.


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