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Actress raises heart health awareness in Dubuque

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

February is American Heart Month, and Wednesday morning in Dubuque more than 100 women and a few men braved the snow for a healthy heaping of heart health awareness.

The Mercy Red Dress breakfast promoted heart health Wednesday at Dubuque's Grand River Center.

Emmy Award-winning actress, comedian and heart disease survivor Tracey Conway was the keynote speaker. She lost her brother to heart disease, and a cardiac arrest in 1995 nearly took her own life.

Conway told the crowd CPR helped save her and encouraged everyone to become certified.

"You are buying that person brain time," she said. "You know, you want to call 9-1-1, you want to get assistance there, the professionals, but you, actually, can make a huge difference. Everyone should learn CPR because especially if it was someone you knew and you cared about, you don't want to be waiting."

Conway also encouraged people to learn their family heart disease history and ask their doctor about heart health.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women and men in the US.

For more on American Hearth Month and heart disease, click HERE.

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