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Ardmore Celebrates "Go Red for Women" Campaign

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ARMORE, OK--  Clinic Supervisor, Jill Miller, works at a mercy medical clinic in Ardmore.

She said she knows several people affected by heart disease, Many are women as well as men.

"There's probably not a family that's not affected by heart disease. I have members in my family  that are first degree relatives with heart disease. I also have grand parents that have died from massive heart attacks," Miller said.

February first marks the tenth annual "Go Red for Women" challenge and while most people think heart disease is more common in men,  officials said it's just as deadly for women as it is for men.

"Heart disease is really the number one killer for women as well. A lot of folks think it's just breast cancer, but heart disease unfortunately takes more women than anything else," Cardiologist Dr. Robert Benson said.

The American Heart Association launched the challenge in 2003 after cardiovascular disease claimed the lives of nearly $500,000 American women.

"We encourage all women to take health matters seriously. From heart disease to diabetes to cancers and to remember to do routine checkups," Miller said.

According to the CDC rates were actually higher for heart disease in women 65 and older than it was in men 65 an older.

"We see at least as many women as we do men and a lot of that is women are just a lot more motivated to stay healthy," Benson said.

Officials say part of the reason that cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in both men and women is because of bad eating habits.

"Never smoke, absolutely stop smoking. Take your medicines if your doctor wants you to take them, particularly for your blood pressure and try to exercise," Benson said.