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Education is Key to Avoiding the Deadliest Disease for Women

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S. and Kennewick General Hospital is doing what they can to prevent women from getting the disease.

Women eager to learn how to keep a healthy heart and avoid the deadly disease filled up Friday's free KGH heart health seminar in Richland.

KGH wants to open up the discussion about the risks and symptoms of an unhealthy heart.

Doctors say the most common symptoms of heart disease are chest pain or even pain down your arm or up in your jaw. Shortness of breath is also an important sign to look for.

Doctors say one of the best preventative steps for women is to educate themselves about the dangers.

"It's really important and a passion of mine to make sure that women understand that and take care of themselves and change early on so that they don't have to see me."

Diet and exercise are some of the best ways to take care of your heart. It's also important to get your blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol levels checked.

Heart disease is much more common than people think. One in 28 women die of breast cancer, but 1 in nearly 3 women die from heart disease.