"80% of heart disease is preventable, know you numbers." Get heart healthy this month!

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Columbia, S.C. (WACH) - February is heart health awareness month.

Heart disease is the number one cause of death for women in the nation. It is also the second leading cause of death for all women in South Carolina.

It is the leading killer of African-American women in the Palmetto State according to results from the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease kills twice as many women over the age of 25 as the next seven causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer.

Women are much more likely to die of a heart attack than men because their heart disease often goes undiagnosed.

Dr. Meghan Businaro, cardiologist, with Palmetto Heart, sat down with Lena Pringle Monday to talk about the importance of heart health.

Dr. Businaro says that 80 percent of heart disease is preventable. She says it is important to know your numbers (blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, etc.).

Palmetto Health is putting on a free heart health screening to help increase heart health among Women in the Midlands.

"Women at Heart"

  • Saturday, Feb. 24, 7-9 a.m.
  • Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
  • 1101 Lincoln St., Columbia

There are also other free heart health screenings available in Columbia and Sumter to help identify women who are at risk. Registration is required along with a 12-hour fast. Call 803-296-CARE (2273) to schedule your screening.

Click above to hear some of Dr. Businaro's tips on how to stay heart healthy year around.

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