People here in Middle Georgia and all over the United States are sporting red today for “Go Red for Women Day.” This is a time to bring awareness to heart disease.
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"Everyday I'm thankful. Really you wake up in the morning and you think wow another day, I have another day,” said Gini Lamback, heart disease survivor.
The Women's Heart Foundation reports, heart disease is the number one killer of women, taking the lives of more females every year than all cancers combined. Gini feels lucky she didn't become a part of that growing statistic since doctors said her heart was healthy. She later found out she had a 100% blockage on her main artery that whole time, something most people don't live through. Gini says she owes everything to her cardiologist Dr. Jones.
“We have risk factors just like men do and as we get older in fact our risk factors increase,” said Dr. Zoe Jones, Cardiologist at the Albert Luce Jr. Heart Institute.
Dr. Jones says women over 65 should be most concerned about heart disease, but women of all ages should take steps to prevent the disease.
Anne McComiskey considered herself very healthy. It was a shock for her when she suffered a heart attack.
"I can’t ever say I have overcome it. I have heart disease, but to share it with my fellow sisters like you and say we deserve more, we can't ignore it; we can take good care of ourselves. It feels great,” explains Anne McComiskey, heart disease survivor and advocate.
Maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly puts you on the right path. Doctors recommend you don't smoke in order to have a healthy heart and they say it’s important to control your blood pressure.
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"It's easy, it's affordable, we can take in anywhere, we can do it anywhere," explained Suellen Richardson, Director of the Albert Luce Jr. Heart Institute.
They check your blood pressure, pulse, body mass index and more. Then the team presents patients with ultra sound photos, which are telling signs of the condition of your heart even when you think you're perfectly healthy like Gini who had four heart by-pass surgeries.
"It can happen to you too and you need to be very aware of what the symptoms could be to take care of it early,” said Lamback.
If you're interested in bringing the AngioScreen testings to your place of employment, you can call the Albert Luce Jr. Heart Institute at (478) 633-7157.
Plus, if you want to get involved with heart month there's a ton going on around Middle Georgia visit www.HeartFestMacon.org.