South Georgia 'Seeing Red' to Raise Awareness of Heart Disease in Women

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

Shoes, sweaters, and even manicures have taken on a rosy tone to remind women about a deadly condition.

'National Wear Red Day' (2/4) reminds people that 'heart disease doesn't care what you wear -- it's the number one killer of women,' and people in South Georgia are taking the message just as seriously as the rest of the nation.

Says Grady County Health Department Nurse Cindy Palmer, "Red is in recognition of American heart ... to help educate and empower women, especially to empower themselves, and also their families, to live a healthy lifestyle."

According to the Centers for Disease Control, one woman dies approximately every minute in the United States from heart disease, which is more than any other cancer combined.

Doctors say the easiest way for women to prevent heart disease is by eating a diet rich in whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables, low-fat dairy, and protein.

Grady County resident Mary Gilbert has high blood pressure, which she has learned to manage with help from her doctor.

Her advice to avoiding heart disease is simple, but effective:

"Get yearly check-ups, just stay on top of your health."

And don't forget to wear red.

Nurses say anyone feeling the symptoms of heart disease, which can include dizziness, blurred vision, headaches, or numbness, should go to the emergency room immediately.

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