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Go Red Luncheon for Heart Disease Awareness

On Thursday Go Red for Women, an organization associated with the American Heart Association, held a luncheon to spread awareness that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women. The luncheon was held in Springfield and people from all across the area came to support the cause. KSMU’s Adam Hammons has more on how women can sustain a healthy heart.

During the luncheon the audience heard a few guest speakers. Two of these speakers were experts in the field of heart medicine, and the other was a heart disease survivor telling her story.

Robbin Graham, a dental office manager, had a heart attack when she was only 43. She explains that her heart attack was not normal because she actually knew she was having one.

“Most women have more vague symptoms. A lot of times it’s just headache, nausea, maybe indigestion. Often it’s been misdiagnosed.”

Graham went on to say that because she knew what was happening, she got to the hospital very quickly. She says that’s the reason she is a survivor today.

Dr. Kathy LeMon, a clinical psychologist who works with the St. John’s Hammons Heart Institute also spoke. She talked about what women can do to prevent heart disease and why events like this one are so important.

“Awareness, absolute awareness. And also some fun, I mean it’s a memory. It’s an opportunity for individuals to get together and to laugh and to play and to have good information given to them. Eat a good meal, and those kind of events and memories make a difference in how we perceive life.”

LeMon went on to say that there are many things people can do to prevent heart disease. These include: knowing your family history, eating healthy foods, exercising, addressing high blood pressure and high cholesterol with a physician, and just being aware of your inner needs.

For KSMU News, I’m Adam Hammons.