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HEART HEALTH: Grant To Help Latino Women

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Polk County a $10,000 grant to help Latino women recognize heart attack symptoms.

The program, Know Your Hearbeat, is designed to reduce the barriers that prevent Latino women from calling 911 when experiencing heart attack symptoms and also increase heart healthy behaviors.

The Polk County Health Department says heart attacks are still the number one killer of women, but Latino women are less likely to recognize the signs.

Only 53-percent of the Latino women polled say they’d call 911 if they thought they were having a heart attack.

“We want women to recognize that they might be saving their own life and that it is not a burden on others to call 911,” says Rick Kozin, Polk County Health Department Director.

The Spanish-language awareness campaign, Conoce tu Latido, is going on throughout February.