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Go Red for Women Day: Heart disease awareness

Go Red for Women Day: Heart disease awareness

Lifestyle choices such as smoking along with excessive alcohol consumption, can increase anyone's risk for heart disease as well. Years earlier, she had watched her father battle heart problems of his own.

The American Heart Association says it's about raising awareness for the Go Red For Women movement and to show support to everyone fighting heart disease. For women 50 to 55, estrogen is an important and appropriate treatment for menopausal symptoms. "I want you to be the voice for your heart". Do you know what your cholesterol is? do you know what your blood sugars are?

The Madison Go Red For Women lunch is Friday, February 9 at Monona Terrace starting at 11:30. Luckily two doctors were nearby and revived her with CPR.

Davidson has a history of stroke in her family, but still never expected she was in danger of having one herself. It can happen without a person even knowing it.

"It's tough, it's tough, but my mom is a trooper, always a fighter", said Christensen's 22-year-old son, Tyler.

This rang true through each woman's story, including Laurie Nevill. Or whether women of all ethnicities share the same risk? "We've learned a lot in the last 15 years", said Shufelt. "I should have paid attention". And zero, if she hadn't had the surgery at all.

"Eighty percent of them can be prevented", Kerr said. "I don't wish this on anybody, but women need to know about the importance of staying active, eating healthy and learning heart disease symptoms". When they take the forefront in heart health, the whole family makes better food choices and gets more exercise.

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"This is about education", Lee said.

Heart disease doesn't discriminate.

"In the state of Florida there's under 10 people that have had this", she said.

Though it may not technically be Michelle's birthday, she did consider it to be the day that gave her life.

"I've had 22 cardioversions, I've had two oblasions, and I now live in a fibrillation", said Christensen. "I understand I have a different way of life".

Now, it's something she continues to fight. "It's just so important to keep that message".

Heart disease is the number one killer of women and congenital heart defects is the most common type of birth defect in the world.

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