Women going Red for heart health

Debi Swafford
Debi Swafford

Angelina Perez
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, TX - The number one killer of women brought many local women together Tuesday afternoon.

Women of all ages gathered for the Go Red For Women luncheon, to promote and learn about healthy hearts.

Women were told the potential risks of heart disease, the symptoms to look for and what to do to keep their hearts healthy, while flaunting their favorite red fashions.
Some women even shared their personal stories about surviving heart disease.
Debi Swafford started having heart problems in her early 20's when she was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation.
She soon had to undergo an ablation.

"I had the first one done in Amarillo, that was in 1995, and I have not had a single, out of beat step since then," said Swafford.

Swafford says she does her best to take care of her heart now and suggests other women do the same.

"Pay attention to what's going on, watch what you eat, which I'm not real good at but you know I don't any of us pay that much attention, and we should. Because women with heart disease, as she said, something just doesn't feel right, we don't have the typical oh, I've got the chest pain, sweating type thing," added Swafford.

The symptoms more commonly connected to women's heart disease are extreme fatigue, nausea, shortness of breath, and pain in your neck, back and shoulders. 

The American Heart Association says you can avoid heart problems by knowing your family history, knowing your cholesterol and blood pressure numbers, staying at a healthy weight and not smoking.