County to celebrate Heart Month

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Jessica Orr, a seventh-grader at Mt. Mourne School, has been knitting and collecting small, red hats for "Little Hats, Big Hearts", a project through the American Heart Association in connection with the Children's Heart Foundation.

Carolinas Hospital System in Florence will raise awareness for American Heart Month today by giving out more than 150 red carnations to all female patients and distributing information about women and heart disease. We need to connect high blood pressure, overweight, lack of exercise and high cholesterol as well as family history as risk factors for heart disease.

The Heart Walk, scheduled for June 9, is an opportunity to raise money for the AHA, as well as show your support for those who suffer from heart disease.

The red hats campaign aims to bring awareness to congenital heart defects which, according to the American Heart Association, is the number one birth defect in babies.

To celebrate heart health month, babies across East Tennessee got a special surprise Thursday morning.

With heart disease and strokes claiming one in every three woman lives each year, cardiovascular disease takes more lives annually than all cancers combined, making it the leading killer of women in the United States. Cardiovascular diseases in the US kill approximately one woman every 80 seconds.

A group of almost 500 women and some courageous men joined a sea of red to "Go Red for Women". The differences - which include artery size, blood pressure, resting heart rate and differences in the way plaque builds up in the blood vessels - make it more hard to properly diagnose heart problems in women, it concludes.

The American Heart Association heads up the "Go Red for Women" movement.

Brandt reminds everyone that tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 2, is Wear Red Day. Go Red For Women advocates for more research and swifter action for women's heart health.