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Take care of your heart


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Hearts are synonymous with Valentine's Day, and it's a good reminder to take care of yours.

Hundreds of women gathered for the annual Go Red for Women Luncheon at the International Event Center in Rochester.

The event is part of a national campaign to help women better understand and prevent the number one threat to their health -- heart disease.

It kills about 450,000 women a year. That's one woman every minute.

The four hour event featured workshops, health screenings, a heart-healthy lunch and some other fun activities.

"In terms of our diva salon you can get your hair and make-up done," said Cynthia Bade, corporate events director with the American Heart Association. "Stress is a big contributor to heart disease so if women can find a way to have fun with their friends and relieve that stress that's good for their hearts too."

Research shows that women who "go red" are 96 percent more likely to make healthy choices.

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