POSTED: Friday, February 22, 2013 - 7:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, February 22, 2013 - 7:04pm
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the Capitol City area, and today, 1,000 people came together to recognize that fact and educate themselves about it.
The Go Red for Women movement hled an event; it had people from all across the region come together for National Heart Disease Month and Go Red Day.
Attendees received free health screenings, a wealth of information about heart disease and could participate in silent auction. These activities were followed up by a luncheon and fashion show.
Mary Leah Coco, a heart transplant patient who's seen first-hand what heart disease can do, had some words of advice for other women.
"If you ask the average person what's the number one killer of women, most people would say breast cancer,” stated Coco. “We want women to know is heart disease does not discriminate."
This year’s Go Red for Women luncheon was the largest yet, and they hope to have even more people attend next year.