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Features Health & Wellness Macon County Public Health celebrates Wear Red Day

The employees of Macon County Public Health observed “Wear Red Day” on Tuesday, February 14th.Macon County Public Health challenges women in Macon County to know their heart disease risk and take action to prevent it.

Too few women realize that heart disease is still their # 1 killer so Macon County Public Health is encouraging women to visit to take the Go Red Heart CheckUp and learn how to protect their hearts. By taking the online Go Red Heart Check-Up you will receive a personal heart disease risk assessment that you can use with your health care provider to develop a personal plan to fight heart disease.

According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, North Carolina ranks 18th highest in the nation for heart disease deaths and is considered to be the 6th worst state for its stroke mortality rate.

“We can no longer ignore heart disease,” said Jennifer Mieres, MD and national spokesperson for Go Red for Women. “While awareness is important, it’s time for women to take action now. Lives can be saved when women know their risks of heart disease and the signs of a heart attack.”

Macon County Public Health urges you to learn the symptoms of a heart attack and call 9-1-1 if you experience any of the warning signs:

• Chest discomfort – pressure, squeezing, fullness, burning or pain

• Pain or discomfort – in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach

• Shortness of breath – with or without chest discomfort

• Other symptoms – cold sweat, nausea/ vomiting or lightheadedness

For more information on heart disease and risk factors call Macon County Public Health @ 828-349-2081.

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