EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPROMOTING HEART HEALTH
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Thousands "Go Red" For Women To Raise Awareness About Heart Disease
Reported by: Darrah Wilcox
Videographer: Kenney Barnette
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Feb. 1, 2013 4:10 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 1, 2013 6:04 PM EST
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
Jane Edelen recently went on what she calls "a scary journey." It was literally in her heart that she knew something was wrong. A few people tried to tell her it was age or stress, but Edelen knew better, and kept pushing for answers.
She said was glad she did.
"I found out that I needed to have a cardiac ablation because my heart rate would go up as far as 200 beats a minute," said Edelen.
She is still being monitored, but that quick treatment probably saved her life. "I go as much as I can and do as much as I can, and my body still tells me when I should stop. I listen this time," Edelen said.
She was one of hundreds of women "going red" for women in Huntington Friday to raise awareness about heart disease. She modeled Macy's fashions for the annual Go Red luncheon sponsored by St. Mary's Medical Center, and is trying to be a model heart survivor for other women.
"If you think something's wrong and you know you're not feeling right, listen to your body. It's a warning sign. If you don't get the answers you want one place, keep going until you find somebody who at least will do tests and find out if there is something going on," she said.
Edelen encourages others to take control of their heart health and educate themselves on signs and symptoms of heart disease. "I think it's very important. I wish it went on past February because I know there's a month designated for just about every disease right now, but women don't realize that heart disease is our No. 1 killer."
You can find out more about signs and symptoms of heart disease and how it can be prevented on www.heart.org. WCHS is partnering with the American Heart Association to promote heart health. Look for future survivor stories and coverage on this very important topic.
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