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Friday is Go Red for Women Day

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  Every 39 seconds someone in America dies of heart disease. That's 2,200 people every day. Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women, but it doesn't have to be.

Some people are predisposed to health conditions that lead to heart disease, but others can reduce their chances by modifying behavior.

I forgot my red, that's why I'm wearing a red dress sticker, and hundreds gathered in red today at Albany Tech to learn how to make their hearts stronger.

Margie McDuffie came to Albany Tech today for one reason. "I'm here to take better care of my heart."

A heart that was broken last year with the death of her mother. "I had to take care of her for the last two years of her life and I watched diabetes and heart failure take her away."

That's why she's decided to take better care of herself. She too is a mother and wants to be around for her children and grandchildren. "I have three grands and a set of twins that I really want to see grow up."

Mary Burkes also lost her mom to heart disease. She had a massive heart attack. Last year, Burkes learned that she may also be on a road to poor health. "I was diagnosed myself as a type two diabetic in May."

That put her at greater risk of having heart problems, so she decided to change her odds. "Last week, after losing 40 pounds, they took me off the insulin, so that's why I'm here today."

And for those who aren't, she'll spread the word that exercise, eating better and giving up smoking can improve their health, too.

High blood pressure, high cholesterol and carrying around extra weight can also contribute to heart disease. Just changing one of those areas can decrease your chance of having heart problems.

The American Heart Association has a heart checkup you can perform online to learn your risk for heart disease.

 

Click here to check it out... 

 


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