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Go Red For Women raises heart disease awareness

The group challenges women to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them the tools they need to lead a heart healthy life.
The group challenges women to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them the tools they need to lead a heart healthy life.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A dozen women and men started their Friday at the base of the Main Street Bridge to raise awareness for heart disease.

"Dressed to impress" in red, they couldn't be ignored as they tried to rally drivers to want to learn more about the No. 1 killer of both men and women.

Among them, Diana Smith, who had to get a stent to open up a blockage last April.

"This campaign is so important for women who often ignore health problems," Smith said.

She said she ignored chest pains until she couldn't any longer. When she finally got to the doctor she had a blockage in the artery that supplies 65 percent of the blood to her heart.

Go Red For Women encourages awareness of the issue of women and heart disease and also action to save more lives. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power women have to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease.

The group challenges women to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them the tools they need to lead a heart healthy life.

For more information visit goredforwomen.org.


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