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An effort is underway in Springfield to educate women about heart disease. KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more.
Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S. each year, and the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement is geared towards fighting it.
Springfield's Go Red For Women movement was launched Tuesday in Springfield. The main focus of the campaign is education.
Dr. Lakshmi Parvathaneni with St. John's Heart Center, Springfield's first female cardiologist, will be the keynote speaker at the Go Red For Women luncheon September 18th at Bass Pro Shop's White River Room.
She says, while many of the incidents of coronary artery disease are in post-menopausal women, they're seeing it more and more in younger women.
"Probably because more younger women are smoking, lifestyle changes. We're more sedentary now than our prior generation probably. Obesity is increasing. We're developing risk factors early. Early-onset diabetes, so I think it's mostly lifestyle."
And she hopes to raise awareness of other forms of heart disease as well, including arrhythmia and congenital heart disease.
To find out more about the Go Red For Women movement, go to www.goredforwomen.org.