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'Go Red' Screenings Held At WVU Heart Institute

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The WVU Heart Institute provided free heart screenings as part of the 'Go Red For Women' campaign.

February is Women's Heart Health Month and always kicks off with National Wear Red Day, celebrated on February 7.

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in West Virginia and the United States, according to the WVU Heart Institute. Most don't notice the symptoms of heart disease until its too late, so it's often called the "silent killer".

The "Women, Love Your Heart" education and screening event was held on Saturday and provided free health screenings to women, some of which included blood pressure, glucose/cholesterol, EKG, and more.

Representatives from all areas of medicine were on hand to discuss the importance of a healthy heart.

"We do blood pressures, body fat analysis, cholesterol testing, EKGs, vein assessment, carotid screenings. We have professionals from pharmacy, nursing, exercise phys, so we have the whole package here today," said Denise Palmer, with the WVU Heart Institute.

There were also plenty of educational sessions at the event. Many of them addressed nutrition, oral health, exercise, resource counseling, and personal pharmacy consultations.

The screening event was made possible through the collaboration of WVU Healthcare and the WVU National Center of Excellence in Women's Health.

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