LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – For decades, heart disease was often associated with men but according to the American Heart Association far more women are at risk than originally thought.
New information is coming out every day and today at “Celebrating Her Heart Health Luncheon” women listened to guest speakers share their stories of survival.
Gundersen Health System and Mayo Clinic Health System have teamed up to empower women with the tools to recognize the first size of a heart attack with a presentation from a local doctor.
The symptoms are much different for women than they are in men and heart attacks often hit women at a younger age.
Christine Kammel knows that all too well.
“I was 36 at the time, and, you would think ‘No, it’s not me, you’re not having chest pains’, but I was and now I want to educate and get out to the people that it can happen at any age,” said Kammel.
26 percent of women age 45 and older die within a year after they’ve had their first heart attack compared to 19 percent of men.