8News takes part in luncheon to raise awareness for heart disease

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — February is Heart Month, and 8News continues to take the lead to raise awareness about heart disease, the number one killer of women.

IMG_1387Friday afternoon, 8News Anchor Amy Lacey emceed the 2016 Go Red for Women luncheon, an educational program at The Jefferson. The event brought together about 400 survivors and supporters.

Identical twins Kimberly Ketter and Shaun Rivers shared their story about being diagnosed with congestive heart failure at age 40, just weeks apart.

“The part of the story that resonates with a lot of people is the part that we tell that they have trouble climbing stairs,” explains Ketter.  “And when they come back and tell us they have had that same difficulty and then go to their doctor and they come back with that diagnosis, just to know that we helped somebody, that makes us feel really good that we’re helping somebody.”

Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe also spoke about her efforts to improve access to locally-grown food and nutrition to build heart-healthy communities.

The American Heart Association says 90% of all women have at least one risk factor for heart disease. One in three women will die of heart disease or stroke, but 80% of heart disease and stroke events are preventable if we just learn to manage the risk factors under our control, such as physical inactivity, overweight, poor diet, smoking, blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes.

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