Your Health: 20 Hearts On 20
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Heart Disease is sometimes thought of as a man's disease, but for women it's just as deadly.
In the United States, 1 in 3 women dies every year from heart disease.
In fact it is the number one killer of women, but symptoms and risks are often misunderstood. Taking an honest look at your own health isn't always easy, but starting that conversation could save your life.
That's why 20 women have agreed to put their hearts on the line, and show us why learning about heart disease is so important. They've agreed to publicly share their test results with TV20 as they learn about their individual risks for heart disease in our series known as 20 Hearts on 20, a project presented by WCJB and North Florida Regional Medical Center.
It's a problem for so many because so few even know they're at risk.
"Many people come in with their first heart attack or even die from it without having preceding symptoms," says Dr. Mark Tulli with the Cardiac & Vascular Institute.
Without many symptoms, it's vital to know if you have one of several risk factors for heart disease. Smoking and excessive drinking, diabetes, poor diet, and lack of exercise can all increase your risk.
These women will have a comprehensive risk assessment through North Florida Regional Medical Center's Heart and Vascular Center.
They come from all walks of life, with different backgrounds and different degrees of fitness, and all are anxious to see what these tests could reveal.
Ultimately, they all express the same eagerness to know where they stand.
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