22News goes red to support women’s health

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February is dedicated to informing Americans about heart disease. 

“I’m taking a stand for women and we’re going to worry about our health first,” said Maria Perez.
“That should be the priority.”

People wore red across the country to support the American Heart Association’s ‘Go Red for Women’ movement. Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women.

According to the American Heart Association, nearly 80 percent of cardiac events are preventable,
but cardiovascular diseases still continue to be a women’s greatest health threat. 

Cardiovascular diseases kill one in every three women; one of every three sisters, mothers, and grandmothers.

“I always worry about that every day, now that I’m getting older and have grandchildren,” said Perez.

 Women need to know the signs of a heart attack, and not ignore them.

“Some abnormal feeling in my chest, you think it’s jaw pain so I’ll wait it out..jaw pain which is new and you think it’s dental work,” said Associate Director of Cardiology at Baystate Medical Center, Dr. Amir Lotfi. “It’s these kinds of situations where it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

Dr. Lotfi said women with any of those symptoms should seek medical care right away. 

He also said it’s important to know your family history and your risk level. He emphasized that eating fruits and vegetables along with regular exercise can cut your risk in half.

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