Shining a light on heart disease

Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014 --- 11:55pm

If you were driving in Downtown Madison Monday night, you may have noticed a glow of red beaming from the Overture Center. It was something left up from Christmas or meant to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Rather, the light is meant to bring awareness to an important health issue.

More than 200 local supporters turned out, donned in red. It was the kickoff to American Heart Month and the “Go Red For Women” campaign.

Chances are, you or someone you know is affecting by heart disease, the number one killer of all Americans.

NBC 15 met up with one local woman who was born and is still living with a congenital heart defect.
It's something forever taking a toll on her life.

"I live everyday heart healthy, low-sodium diet, exercise. I really live a heart-healthy lifestyle. But, I do it because I have to and I want to, but everyone should do it” Abby Despins.

Keep an eye out! Other notable Madison buildings, like the Governor's Mansion and UW Health Hospitals will also 'Go Red' this week.

Plus, don't forget to show off your red, this Friday, for National Wear Red Day.

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