Local doctors stress women’s heart health on National Wear Red Day


THE TIME IS.. BEFORE YOU HEAD OUT THE DOOR THIS MORNING, MAKE SURE YOU’VE GOT SOME RED IN YOUR WARDROBE. TODAY IS NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY…. RAISING AWARENESS FOR WOMEN’S HEART HEALTH. W-N-C-T’S JESSICA JEWELL JOINS US NOW IN THE NEWSROOM WITH DETAILS ON THIS DAY OF AWARENESS… JESSICA? IT’S SO EASY… JUST WEARING RED TODAY HELPS MORE PEOPLE LEARN ABOUT THESE ISSUES WHICH IMPACT SO MANY PEOPLE. ACCORDING TO THE “AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION”.. HEART DISEASE IS THE NUMBER ONE KILLER OF WOMEN IN AMERICA. YET IT *IS* PREVENTABLE. SO WE WENT TO LOCAL HEALTH EXPERTS TO FIND OUT WHAT MESSAGE THEY HAVE FOR YOU ON THIS NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY. LOCAL DOCTORS TELL ME WHEN IT COMES TO HEART DISEASE.. THERE ARE BIG DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN. WOMEN’S SYMPTOMS ARE MUCH MORE SUBTLE AND OFTEN OVER-LOOKED. MANY WOMEN GET MISDIAGNOSED WITH ACID REFLUX OR ANXIETY. CARDIOLOGIST “DOCTOR NOEL PETERSON” SAYS THERE ARE MANY RISK FACTORS… AND STRESS IS A BIG ONE. “WOMEN TEND TO BE THE CAREGIVERS FOR THEIR FAMILY AND WE TAKE CARE OF EVERYBODY AND NOT OURSELVES. SO IF WE’RE NOT STRONG AND HEALTHY, WE’RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF THE REST OF OUR FAMILIES.” SPREADING AWARENESS TODAY IS JUST AS SIMPLE AS WEARING RED. IF YOU WANT TO TAKE IT A STEP FURTHER, HEAD TO OUR WEBSITE AT W-N-C-T DOT COM TO FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT RESEARCH. COMING UP ON C-B-S THIS MORNING… HEAR FROM ONE HEART EXPERT ABOUT WHY WOMEN ARE JUST AS VULNERABLE AS MEN… AND HOW BETTER PREVENTION AND EARLY TREATMENT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE. JESSICA JEWELL. 9 ON YOUR SIDE.

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