Women get free screenings for heart disease at Hackensack Medical Center

Hundreds of women received free screenings for heart disease warning signs at Hackensack Medical Center Friday. (2/7/14)

HACKENSACK - Hundreds of women received free screenings for heart disease warning signs at Hackensack Medical Center Friday.

The disease is the number one killer of women. Patients were screened for blood pressure, diabetes and weight.

The event was part of national "Go Red Day" and heart month.

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Organizers hope to raise awareness about heart disease in women.

"Women have delays in treatment, delays in diagnoses," says cardiologist Dr. Jacqueline Hollywood. "The symptoms may not be exactly the same as in men."

Hollywood says the best way to assess risk factors for heart disease is to have a regular physical.

Experts say it kills more women than all other cancers combined, because it's often overlooked.

 

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