FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - The second year for the Go Red Luncheon in Fort Wayne was a soldout event. Around 200 people, mostly women, came to learn moreabout heart disease in women.
"This is my first year with heart problems, and I didn't know[events like this] existed. It's great to see everyone working sohard to keep the word out there," Jamie King, said.
Last year, King, 30, collapsed at the gym. She was having aheart attack.
"I knew I had a high pulse, but no one ever took it seriously,"she said. "The electrical system of my heart's not right and whenit gets beating too fast it doesn't know where to pump."
Now King has a defibrillator to keep her heart in line.
Megan Miller shared her story at the lunch. She is a three-timestroke survivor. She was 30 years old when she had her firststroke. The second came six years later and the third was tenmonths after that.
"I was young, healthy and physically fit. It was quite a shock,"Miller said.
Her husband found her on the bathroom floor and the left side ofher body was paralyzed.
"I was lucky I was having such drastic stroke signs because heknew right away I was having a stroke," Miller said.
Miller regained use of arms and legs and has no visible signs ofa stroke. Now Miller is taking a blood thinner medication to helpprevent another stroke, but it's not guaranteed. She has aconnective tissue disorder affecting the arteries leading to thebrain and heart.
"Don't stereotype people who have a heart attack or stroke. Theycould be people like me," Miller said.
Miller said by sharing her story she hopes to help prevent otherwomen from having a heart attack or stroke.
"The Go Redfor Women movement motto is 'Speak Up to Save Lives.' Bysharing our stories, we will save lives and many of those liveswere here today."
Indiana First Lady Cheri Daniels also came to theevent. Her mother had heart disease, and when she became the firstlady, she chose women's heart health as one of her main causes.
"The word needs to be spread to women all over the state thatthis is their number one health threat," Daniels said. "The hope isthat the women take this information and spread it to others."
Heart attacks in women can give very different signs in womenthan in men.
"They may not feel tightness in the chest like men do. Theymight feel nausious. They might feel tired, and it's a tirednessdifferent than they might normally have," Wendy King, from theAmerican Heart Association, said. "You know your body and whensomething is different, you need to go get checked out."
A major hurdle when women have a heart attack or stroke isgetting the women to get treated.
"Women don't want to make a fuss. Women are less likely than mento think they are having a heart attack or stroke and women areless likely than men to seek treatment," Miller said.
If someone thinks he or she is having a heart attack or stroke,call 9-1-1. They shouldn't try to drive themselves to thehospital.
"Every minute they [ignore symptoms], the stroke or heart attackis damaging the body," Wendy King said.
Daniels emphasized changing habits to reduce one's risk factors.Maintaining a healthy weight, getting physical activity for 30minutes a day five days a week, eating heart-healthy food, and notsmoking are some of the best ways to reduce the risk for heartdisease.
"We can do things to give ourselves a better chance againstheart disease, and that's what we have to start doing," Danielssaid.
The event also had free health screenings.
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