FARMINGTON — The American Heart Association’s signature women’s initiative, Go Red for Women, is a comprehensive platform designed to increase women’s heart health awareness and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women, according to the American Heart Association.

Lynette J. Weeman, DO, who is affiliated with Maine Medical Partners – MaineHealth Cardiology, provides cardiology patient care at Franklin Memorial Hospital.

It’s no longer just about wearing red during February; it’s no longer just about sharing heart health facts. It’s about all women making a commitment to stand together with Go Red and taking charge of their own heart health as well as the health of those they can’t bear to live without, according to the release.

Nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented; cardiovascular diseases continue to be a woman’s greatest health threat, according to the release.

“The first line of defense is starting with the primary care provider and having a discussion with them about your symptoms and also about the risks. They are our first line of defense when it comes to heart problems,” said Lynette J. Weeman, DO, Maine Medical Partners — MaineHealth Cardiology, according to the release. “One of the issues is that women often ignore their problems, perhaps longer than men. I think that if there are symptoms that are concerning, even if they sound like they might be a bit different, it’s really important to share those with your primary care provider and let them help you understand if it’s something to be concerned about.”

You can control or treat these risk factors below with lifestyle changes and with your health care provider’s help: High blood pressure, smoking, high blood cholesterol, lack of regular activity, obesity or overweight and diabetes.

For more information, call Jill Gray, communications, marketing, and fund development director, Franklin Memorial Hospital, at 779-2555.

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