Ladies in Red

By: Ali Gorman, R.N.
By: Ali Gorman, R.N.

Pat Gauerke lived with undiagnosed heart disease for 25 years. It wasn't until she collapsed in a hotel that she found out she needed open heart surgery.

Recent studies show that women's risk factors for heart disease are not taken as seriously as those of men. Studies show women are not getting the same care in terms of prevention and treatment of heart disease.

But dozens of men and women wearing red gathered in the Capital Rotunda in Lansing to raise awareness for women's heart health on National Wear Red for Women Day.

Representatives from the American Heart Association say women should know their risk factors- like cholesterol numbers, blood pressure and blood glucose level. Then they should talk to their doctors to find out if they are at risk for heart disease.


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