Updated: 02/08/2014 11:11 PM
Created: 02/08/2014 9:36 PM KAALtv.com
By: Sean Boswell
(ABC 6 News) -- There were about 50 shades of red in the Apache Mall Saturday. It was the 5th annual “Go Red for Women” day, made to help raise awareness for heart disease. Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States, and it kills more women than all forms of cancers combined.
"It’s so fast, you don't realize that you're in that much danger," said Val Broz, a heart attack survivor. "Your life flashes right before your eyes."
One of Broz’s arteries was 99% clogged, forcing her to make changes to her lifestyle.
“I have to exercise every day, and I do, on basically a daily basis, and watch my diet," said Broz
She runs on a treadmill at least an hour every other day, and calls the workout “rigorous.” Exercise is essential to heart health, according to Amanda Hovey with the Olmsted Medical Center.
"Three to five days a week, typically about a half an hour, at a somewhat hard pace," said Hovey.
Exercise and diet can only do so much. Lisa Hoffman with the American Heart Association says you need to know what's going on with your body.
"We highly suggest knowing your numbers, knowing your cholesterol numbers, your glucose numbers, your blood pressure and working with your doctor to figure out ways to, if you are not at an appropriate level, to work with your doctor on ways that you can decrease or increase your levels," said Hoffman.
Keeping tabs on health is something that Val Broz wishes she made more of an effort to do before her heart attack.
"I had shoulder aching’s, arm sort of hurting, you know you make excuses and you think, oh it's arthritis and the stomach ache, I’m sure it's indigestion cause I’m not eating right, and you keep making excuses for yourself," said Broz.
Luckily for her, she's can give such advice.