Community plans to Go Red For Women to raise awareness about heart health

This Friday people across the country will Go Red for Women wearing red to raise awareness about women's heart health. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women. The American Heart Association says cardiovascular disease claims more lives than all forms of cancer combined. 

Lisa Hamrick survived heart disease and is now using her voice to help others. 
She found out in her late teens that she had a heart condition that is normally diagnosed at birth. 

"I started having dizzy and fainting spells and passing out in band and choir practice and went to college and really the exhaustion and tiredness and no energy is what made me try to find the cause of what was going on," Hamrick said. She ultimately had to have surgery to repair her heart. 

But Hamrick said her father is who inspired her to serve as the American Heart Association Metro Board chair. He survived 4 heart attacks before passing away from a 5th heart attack last year. 

Now Hamrick is a passionate advocate for heart health joining in the Go Red for Women movement to remind women to take time to listen to their body. 

"Women are usually the main force in the household," Hamrick said. "We are busy. We are trying to do so many things at once and women's symptom's for heart attacks are different than men. Women really need to pay attention to our bodies and check our numbers like cholesterol and blood pressure."  

Hamrick is hoping to use her family's story to help someone else. 

"What I get out of the process is knowing that I've maybe saved a life and caused someone to stop and listen and pay attention to their own health so they can be there for their kids their family and their parents," she said. 

According to the American Heart Association cardiovascular diseases kill one woman about every 80 seconds. 

To learn more about women's heart health click HERE

As part of National Wear Red Day Nitro Elementary School students will have their Jump Rope For Heart event from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and have a goal to raise $10,000. 
As part of the fun event coordinator Jason Ericson will be duct taped to the gym wall and Principal Garret will get a pie to the face from every student who raises over $50. 

There are other events planned in Charleston and Huntington as well. 

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