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'Go Red for Women' stresses importance of women's heart health

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Posted at 7:10 PM, Feb 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-03 19:51:03-05

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — Doctors and athletes are the epitome of health, but they can still be diagnosed with heart disease.

It's the number one killer of women, and the American Heart Association wants to raise awareness to remind everyone not to ignore symptoms.

On Saturday, Baltimore County Delta's joined forces with Lifebridge Health and fitness to put on a health fair.

The goal of the event and the 'Go Red for Women' campaign is to educate the community on the importance of women's heart health.

They did that through Zumba, acupuncture, cooking demos, and hearing from heart disease survivors, including Karen Perkins Holmes, a physician and survivor;

"Working, just thinking fatigue was apart of what I was doing and come to find out I had Cardio Myopathy and the function of my heart kept getting lower and lower and lower to the point where i needed surgery."

Elizabeth McManus also shared her story, " I was 40 years old, almost died in my sleep. My heart just stopped and then now I have a defibrillator where my heart is working at 15 percent."

Karen and Elizabeth said the most important thing is to listen to your body and not to be afraid to go in and have someone check you out.