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Laughter, the best medicine: humorous heart event promotes health

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Women attending the Mercy Red Dress breakfast Friday in Dubuque enjoy keynote speaker Jeanne Robertson Women attending the Mercy Red Dress breakfast Friday in Dubuque enjoy keynote speaker Jeanne Robertson
DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Women's heart health was the topic of the Mercy Red Dress breakfast Friday morning in Dubuque.

More than 300 people gathered at the Grand River Center to learn about signs and symptoms of women's heart health.

The event featured comedienne and motivational speaker Jeanne Robertson, who had the crowd rolling with laughter as she shared humorous anecdotes from her life.

Dr. Kelly Brown of Mercy Medical Center's emergency room also addressed the crowd. She said symptoms of heart disease in women are often subtle, such as getting more easily winded than before.

"Heart disease in women sometimes doesn't always show up like it does in Hollywood, when somebody is clutching their chest and doubled over in pain," Brown said. "Usually, it can be something as simple as feeling more sick to your stomach or feeling a little dizzy, weak, vague pains that are in your jaw, your shoulder."

She said anybody experiencing symptoms should seek help from a doctor.

"Don't delay. Don't sit at home, thinking, 'It's nothing, I'm going to feel foolish for showing up to the hospital,'" she said. "That's our job: to tell you something's right, something's wrong, but don't just sit at home because you could be sitting at home with a heart attack."

All women, but especially those with a history of heart disease, should live healthily, Brown said.

"Try and have a low-cholesterol diet. Make sure that you get at least 30 minutes of exercise on most days of the week, and it doesn't have to be running a marathon or training for that, just something that's more activity than what you're used to, to be heart healthy," she said. "Obviously, if you smoke, stop."

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