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Go Red for Women

Go Red for Women

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in this country, and now, you can "Go Red for Women" to join the battle against heart disease.

Abby Despins was born with a congenital heart defect, that made it so blood couldn't travel through the aorta as easily, which can cause hypertension, and even heart failure. She had two open heart surgeries before turning a year old.

Now, Despins lives a normal life, but has been in cardiac care ever since. She exercises to keep her heart strong and has a low sodium diet.

Despins hopes more women will know about the risk of developing heart disease. She said heart disease, even though largely preventable, is killing more women than all forms of cancer combined. She said it remains the number one killer of women.

In an effort to get that message out there, Despins is "going red". Women across America can Go Red by wearing red on National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 7.

There is also a program called, "28 Days, 28 Ways to Love Your Heart". The program is meant to inspire women to improve their health by offering simple steps, videos, and helpful tools. If you like to know more information, click here.

Despins is also a featured survivor in an online series this month called Go Red For Women Wednesdays.You can learn more about her story and how to go red by clicking here,

Despins joined us on 27 News at 5 on Wednesday.

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