American Heart Association to air special on NBC

Nov 15, 2010

Women are at a higher risk of dying from heart disease than men

Some women are more susceptible to certain medical conditions than others. Heart disease, for example, is the leading cause of death for women. Those with the condition may find themselves paying steep fees for health and life insurance because of it.

There are actions one can take to reduce their likelihood of getting heart disease. A sound diet and plenty of exercise can help ward off the condition. Of course, awareness of the condition is a good starting point as well.

The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women is teaming up with NBC to air a television program, “Go Red for Women Presents - Speak Up to Save Lives.” The special will feature women sharing how heart disease has impacted their life.

Go Red For Women spokesperson and co-director at Mass General Hospital Heart Center Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program Dr. Melissa Wood says it’s crucial to get such stories out.

"Since heart disease can be prevented, it is imperative that women are aware of their risks and that they speak up at the doctor's office, in their communities and to their families and friends,” said Wood.

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