Every 60 seconds a woman dies because of cardiovascular diseases. Sadly, about 80 percent of these cardiovascular diseases could be prevented.

Cardiovascular diseases claim the lives of one in three women. They are the number one killer of women. This statistic means that each and everyone of us either knows or loves someone. It also claims more lives than all cancers combined.

The Go Red for Women campaign of the American Heart Association believe that women who know their family history can control some risk factors such as blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol and lack of exercise.

The AHA recommends that women know these five numbers: 1. Total cholesterol;2.HDL cholesterol; 3. Blood pressure; 4. Blood sugar and 5. Body Mass Index, or BMI. It is time for women to take control of their health.

  In conjunction with the Go Red for Women, The American Heart Association held their annual Go Red for Women Survivors Gallery Unveiling at the State Capitol building, second floor rotunda on February 1, 2018, to kick off American Heart Month. This year they were celebrating eight women heart disease survivors, representing Lonoke, Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Heber Springs.The event was emceed by B98.5's Becky Rogers.
     The Go Red for Women Movement was started 14 years ago to educate women on the dangers of heart disease and stroke, the number one killer of women. Women who join the movement are more likely to make lifestyle and dietary changes necessary to fight these diseases and lead healthier lives. Among the speakers were Senator Joyce Elliot, Representative Charlene Fite and First Lady of Arkansas Susan Hutchinson.
     Those being honored were Rachel Hampton, Gale Scott, Ashley Salter, Alamae Harris, Kellye Neal, Emily Harmon, Linda Garrett and Carter Cox. Each of these brave women have their own personal story of survival.
    Local resident, two year old Carter Cox and her twin brother John were born prematurely. Doctors noticed fluid on Carters lungs, shortly after birth. A medical team was able to administer IV antibiotics and with careful monitoring were able to remedy this but the medication caused her to experience a condition known as second degree heart block that causes dropped beats. She was given an Electrocardiogram and Doctors learned she was suffering from Long QT Syndrome, which causes the heart's electrical system to take longer to respond and left untreated can sometimes be fatal.
     Carter was sent to a specialty Hospital and was seen by an Electrophysiologist and after her visit  an electrocardiogram was ordered for John as well, and he too was diagnosed with LQTS. The family met with specialists whose prognosis was that both Carter and John had only a 50/50 chance of surviving past their first birthday. The Parents Katie and Lance, took their twin babies home with AEDs (automated external defibrillators) and daily medication plans determined to beat the odds.
    Carter and John are now two years old and although the diagnosis was devastating and the treatment plan a struggle, there is now hope. The Cox family live in Heber Springs and wish to raise awareness about Long QT Syndrome.

To learn more about what you can do, visit GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278).