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Go Red for Women: don’t ignore symptoms of heart disease

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Friday is National Wear Red Day to spread awareness for heart disease in women. Heart disease is the leading cause of ...

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Friday is National Wear Red Day to spread awareness for heart disease in women. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women, according to the American Heart Association.

The AHA says every 80 seconds, a womandies from heart disease. The group says it will be the factor in one of threedeaths in women.

“We don’t think about our hearts as often as weshould, and we take it for granted. Until it’s too late,” says Trey Moore, the Mid-SouthAmerican Heart Association Executive Director.

By getting folks wearing red, the American HeartAssociation hopes to spread awareness to resonate the risk of heart disease. It’sespecially important to do so here in the Mid-South.

“The state of Tennessee is in the bottom 10% ofnationally of heart disease, cardiovascular disease,” says Moore.

Cardiologist Dr. Jennifer Morrow says Friday is a timefor women to put their health first.

“Stop and take a focus on themselves. Womenrarely do that. We’re always busy looking out for other people, other familymembers,” says Dr. Morrow.

In 80% of cases, heart disease is preventable. Dr.Morrow says her best advice is to know your numbers – cholesterol and bloodpressure – by having regular check-ups and not ignoring symptoms like shortnessof breath or tightness and pain of the chest.

“Women really have to try to take their symptomsseriously, to not blow things off, to not try and explain things away,” saysDr. Morrow. “And if you think something is wrong, if you have a gut feelingsomething is wrong, you need to see somebody.”