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Speaking Out on Heart Disease

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February 3, 2012

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Women are being asked to tell stories from - and about - their hearts, and one of them could become a national spokesperson.

Officials from the American Heart Association of South Dakota will hold a Go Red Connect! event Saturday at Empire Mall in Sioux Falls. Spokeswoman Chrissy Spoo says they want to hear from those with first-hand experience with heart disease - how it's affected their lives and those of their family members.

"It's an open casting call. It's an audition where you can tell your story on camera, and the winning auditions from this level of competition will go on to the Midwest affiliate, and the winners there will go on to the national competition."

Most women, Spoo says, don't know that heart disease is the leading killer of women, and that one out three women is diagnosed with heart issues. She says too many women are in denial about heart disease.

"It's those stories that we hear day in and day out of women who just either don't think it could ever happen to them or just don't know the signs, don't know what to look for. Part of the Go Red Connect! event is giving women an opportunity to connect with other women and to learn more about heart disease, and at the end of the day to raise awareness and hope that we can save some lives."

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the mall's Macy's court.

Jerry Oster, Public News Service - SD