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7 things women can do to lower heart disease risk

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WJBK) -

Have you noticed red popping up all over town?  It's a bold statement to make sure women know that heart disease is their top killer, claiming the lives of 41 women in Michigan every day.  So now that you know the risk, what should you do?

There were multi-shades of red in the Fox 2 studios as we came together to shoot a PSA to make sure everyone knows heart disease is taking it's toll on women.

"It kills more women than anything else, all cancers even combined," Janice Ulhig explained.

The chair of the Go Red for Women Luncheon said we can fight this insidious killer with knowledge.

"We need to engage in a discussion with our doctor.  We have to know our symptoms, we have to know our numbers, and we have to take care of ourselves."

The American Heart Association gives us Life's Simple 7, which are ways you can reduce your risk of heart disease.  They include getting active, controlling cholesterol, eating better, managing blood pressure, losing weight, reducing blood sugar and stopping smoking.

We asked some ladies in red for some healthy heart advice.  Anqunette Jamison said she enjoys eating fish twice a week and "hanging out in the basement with my dogs, just petting my dogs and watching them snore on the floor next to me.  That's soothing."

"I do steps and I do walking, plenty of walking, and I've lost weight, twelve to 14 pounds in the last year, and I also have been doing aerobic swimming," said Pat Enderle, who also enjoys a good laugh.

"I read a quote a day.  It helps relieve my stress," said Kelly Miner.  "I make sure I either read a spiritual or motivational quote and that helps."

I also want to remind you that the Tenth Anniversary Go Red for Women Luncheon is happening in two weeks.  Click here for more information.

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