American Heart Association Holds Go Red For Women Day

By Ashley Zachariah

Published 02/07 2014 04:45PM

Updated 02/07 2014 05:07PM

People across the country were encouraged to wear red today to raise awareness for women's heart disease. UHS held a ribbon cutting at its Vestal facility this morning.

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in America, affecting 1 in 4. 68-year-old Candy Hamm joined doctors and officials from UHS at the ceremony. Last June, Hamm had an aortic valve replaced and bypass surgery. She says both of her parents died from heart disease so she knew she had hereditary risk factors. But she had always tried to eat right and she gets lots of exercise, especially through her job at Wegmans. Nevertheless, she ignored warning signs like fatigue, pressure in her chest and shortness of breath.

Health officials stress that women often experience different symptoms from men, or no symptoms at all. The "Go Red for Women" campaign urges women to get plenty of exercise, eat a well-balanced diet, and see their doctor regularly.

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