Your Health: Heart Disease Awareness

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - The signs of a heart attack can be different for men and women. Parkway Medical Center in Decatur is hosting a race to raise awareness about heart disease.

Sharon Pitts was already in the hospital in April of 2002 when she had a heart attack.

I started out with very high blood pressure that they could not get down. I had a lot of pain in my lower arms. During the heart attack it felt like someone was squeezing my chest, just as hard as they could and I had the pain in my arms during that time too," said Pitts.

According to cardiologist, Dr. Ashish Basu chest pain is the most common heart attack symptom. But symptoms can vary between men and women.

"Men have typical symptoms, where as women can have atypical symptoms, meaning they could be short of breath, they could be just having arm pain, they could be having palpitations or feeling suddenly very weak or short of breath," said Dr. Basu.

Tina Weeks with the Parkway Medical Center said she hopes "Heart and Soul 5K and 1 Mile Event" will help draw attention to heart disease and heart failure. She said she hopes the event brings in nearly 300 runners. Organizers are hoping that by raising awareness, people will be more heart healthy and know the signs of a heart related event.

The 5K begins at 8 a.m. and the Fun Run starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

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