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January 29, 2008

Albany--Heart disease is the number one killer in women, and this Friday some area health professionals want to better inform you about the often fatal disease.

On February 1st,  the Dougherty County Health Department will kick off its "Wear Red for Women" campaign.

It's a disturbing statistic. One in every three women in the U.S. will die of heart disease.

"It used to be a man's disease, but more women are now dying more than men," says Alice Rodman.  She's a nurse for the Dougherty County Health Department and treats her fair share of parents who show signs of the often killer disease.

"The majority of our patients are hypertension, which is one of the cardiovascular diseases," says Rodman.

And it can strike anyone.

"African Americans have an increased risk more so than other ethnic groups," says Rodman.

Heart disease effects more than 42 million women ages fifty and older, but it's gradually showing up in women much younger than that.

"It's effecting women twenty-five and up," says Rodman.

Unfortunately, Rodman says many women ignore the symptoms of the disease.

"Most of the time you'll have a severe head-aches, blurred vision, chest pains," says Rodman.

Symptoms she says women should never ignore.

"It's very serious. You're talking about increased risks with hospitalizations, disability, and even death if it's not controlled," says Rodman.

Doctors say you can greatly reduce your risk of heart disease by not smoking, eating healthy, and exercising regularly.

Now the event will start at 10 AM and last until 2 PM at the health department which is located at 1710 South Slappey Boulevard.

There will be a variety of activities for everyone to take part in, including cooking and exercise demonstrations.

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