BOSTON (WWLP) – Heart disease isn’t just a problem that affects the unhealthy or elderly. State lawmakers joined a national movement on Wednesday to raise awareness for heart health.
State lawmakers and supporters of the American Heart Association were decked out in red for the “Go Red for Women Movement.” They hope to end the misconception that heart disease only affects men, the out-of-shape or the elderly.
According to the American Heart Association, heart disease and stroke kill one in three women in the country, no matter the age. Fitness Instructor Jessica Diaz is a prime example of that.
Diaz is a stroke survivor and told 22News what people should look out for. She said, “If you have a drooping face feeling, if you have slurred speech or if you have any numbness on one side of the body, that you need to go a hospital right away.”
The American Heart Association says 80-percent of cardiac events are completely preventable through education and lifestyle changes.