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BLUEFIELD (WVVA) - Heart disease remains the number one killer of women nationwide, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year, at an average rate of one death per minute.

Heart disease strikes more women than men and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.

Partners with the American Heart Association are battling these chilling statistics.

February 1st marks the 10th year the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement.

This year Bluefield Regional Medical Center decided to take part in raising awareness throughout their staff and in the community.

"We are encouraging all employees to wear red on Friday, February 1st to promote awareness of women's heart health."

Employees were happy to oblige.

A reception was held at the hospital which featured free  blood pressure screenings, heart healthy meals and recipes and a wealth of information on how women can improve their heart health.

The hospital debuted two new board certified interventional cardiologists to the medical staff, Dr. Javed Abdullah and Dr. Mohanned Bisharat who were available for a meet and greet with those wishing to learn more about heart health.

According to Doctor Abdullah, women display different symptoms of heart attack than men. He says those include:

-Chest pain or discomfort

-Unusual upper body discomfort

-Shortness of breath

-Breaking out in a cold sweat

-Unusual or unexplained fatigue

-Lightheadedness or sudden dizziness

-Nausea

Doctor Mohanned Bisharat says that some factors that contribute to heart disease are determined by unpreventable factors such as genetics. He recommends women receive regular cholesterol, blood pressure, blood glucose and body mass index tests with their primary care physician.

While some risks are unpreventable, some factors can be changed.

Both physicians warned against smoking and physical inactivity. Other factors that increase cardiovascular risk include stress and alcohol consumption.

For more information on these risks visit www.heart.org.

 

 

 

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