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Go Red for Women

Updated: Friday, February 7 2014, 09:37 PM EST

Weirton, W. Va. -

The American Heart Association asked people to wear red on Friday, Feb. 7, for the “Go Red for Women” movement to remind women to take action and cut their risk for heart disease.

National Wear Red Day started 10 years ago to raise awareness of heart disease in women. Heart disease has been called the “silent killer,” claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined.

Weirton Medical Center raised awareness on Friday by providing free blood pressure screening and sharing information on women’s heart health. They are encouraging the community and their staff to always be heart-healthy.

“Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the U.S., especially in women, it’s unrecognized. People don’t even know that heart disease can happen in women because half of the patients don’t get any chest pain,” cardiovascular surgeon at Weirton Medical Center Dr. Vardhan J. Reddy said.

Reddy said if you have any discomfort in your chest, never brush it off as heart burn, and go to your doctor.

“Especially if they have a strong family history, like your parents have a heart problem, they’re very prone to it. They need to have an early checkup done and especially if they start smoking, have diabetes, they are very high risk,” Reddy said.

Reddy said if a heart problem is suspected, routine examinations will need to be done, along with tests, then a cardiac CAT scan to find where the blockage is.

“And now 90 percent of the blockages we can fix. If all else fails, we can do an open-heart operation. We can do everything to fix those broken hearts,” said Reddy.

You can protect your heart by watching your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, eating a heart-healthy diet and exercising regularly.

To learn more, go to https://www.goredforwomen.org/.

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