Letter: Luncheon offers heart-healthy tips
To the Editor: Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association's national campaign to increase awareness of heart disease — the leading cause of death for women — and to inspire women to take charge of their heart health. Heart disease is the cause of one in three deaths each year, but it can be prevented.
Locally, the Suburban Go Red for Women luncheon takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 17 at the Q Center in St. Charles. In addition to the delicious heart-healthy luncheon and fabulous keynote speaker, women will receive information on healthy eating, exercise and risk factor reduction.
I was fortunate to be invited last year by a friend and I look forward to attending again this year. My only regret is that I hadn't learned sooner what I learned that day. Just two months before the "Half Day for Your Heart" luncheon, my mom died suddenly and unexpectedly from a massive heart attack. What I learned at the luncheon was that my mom may have been presenting symptoms that went unrecognized. Common heart attack symptoms for women differ from a man's symptoms and often go undiagnosed.
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