Country painted red for heart disease awareness

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- Reports show heart disease is the number one cause of death in women.

Feb. 3 was Go Red for Women day, in order to raise awareness , and even some of our staff members took part in wear red day.

According to reports, 90 percent of women have at least one risk factor. Some factors are diabetes hypertension and elevated cholesterol.

“Being a woman most of us aren't good at taken care of ourselves, we take great care of loved ones families and everybody else around us, and we don't do as well of taking care of ourselves," said Jessica Silva, a cardiovascular interventional technologist at Saint Mary’s Hospital.
"We get busy and we ignore things, we are less likely show up at a hospital in a timely fashion."

Women don't have the same symptoms as men.

Symptoms of heart disease for women include shortness of breath, tight feeling around middle of the chest, pain in the middle of the back or jaw, violent nausea and vomiting.

About 6.6 million females alive today have Coronary Heart Disease, according to report, and of these, 2.7 million have a history of heart attacks.

"Women are precious...they are very important to every single one of our families. We are very connected with each other," Silva said. "If we are not paying attention that means we are going to lose the people that we love, and we value."

This year’s Go Red for Women dinner is on Feb. 17 from 4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the CMU Meyer Ballroom. The ticket price is $30. There will be free screenings, educational materials, motivational speaker and dinner.

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