FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Hundreds of women were learning to be more heart-healthy at the annual Go Red for Women luncheon on Thursday.
The day had stations to give gals a break with massages, hair stylists and make-up artists in the Diva Den. But, there were also educational breakout sessions and free health screenings.
“We spend so much time taking care of other people we don’t take care of ourselves,” Carolyn Spake-Leeper, the luncheon chair, said. “Know what your numbers are to know if you are at risk for heart disease or not.”
Heart disease is the number one killer of women and one in three women dies of heart disease and stroke, which is why events like this are so important.
“Eat healthy, exercise, live healthy. Heart disease and stroke are preventable,” Spake-Leeper said. “Know the symptoms of a heart attack in women because they’re different than men.”
Heart attack symptoms in women can be shortness of breath, jaw or back pain and nausea.
“Be your own advocate and do pay attention to other women in your life. If you see changes in their health ask them about it and make sure they get the help they need,” Spake-Leeper said.
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