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'Don't ignore the signs;' Go Red for Women virtual luncheon will focus on awareness

February is National Heart Month
Posted at 7:34 AM, Feb 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-26 07:34:38-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Richmond Chapter of the American Heart Association is hosting its annual “Go Red for Women” luncheon virtually on Friday at noon in honor of National Heart Month.

Heart disease is the number one killer of women, according to Grace McCormick with the American Heart Association.

It's a scary fact that survivors like Glenda Baul have to face all too soon.

Like many others, Baul's family was touched by the disease several times before it caught up with her.

“My mother is a survivor, she’s 90 will be 91, my father and a brother died of heart disease," said Baul. "It actually hit me in 2014. I ended up having a stint for an artery that was 95% blocked."

Baul began to exercise, found ways to reduce her stress and followed a heart-healthy diet -- but the damage was already done. Soon, she would end up in the emergency room.

“But they found it in time, and since then I’ve not had any issues," Baul said, "I’ve been fatigued a lot. I pay more attention now.”

Baul’s attention is directed to anyone who will listen, especially during February, which is American Heart Month.

In Richmond, the Go Red for Women Luncheon -- a year-long campaign -- does more than just raise awareness and educate women about heart disease.

“And that is not only research, but that is also changing policies and environments and helping communities. And it’s been certainly true, no more true than during COVID, that communities of color have suffered a disproportionate burden of health equity. That is at the forefront of what we do. “ adds McCormick.

And both McCormick and Baul agree, it’s important to be aware.

“Always know your numbers and get your exercise. Follow a heart-healthy diet and know your family history and don’t by any means, don’t ignore the signs,” advised Baul.

You can register for the free, virtual Go Red event online and on their social media, @americanheartava.