Red Dress Affair focuses on heart disease

ALBANY, Ga. -- Keisha Callins, M.D., will be the keynote speaker at "A Red Dress Affair" on Feb. 26 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Albany Technical College's Kirkland's Building.

The luncheon-lecture, which will focus on heart disease in women, is being presented by the Dougherty County Health Department, the Albany Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Albany Technical Sorority.

"February is American Heart Month, and we want to stress that even though heart disease is often thought of as a man's disease, it is the leading cause of death in American women," said Dougherty County Health Department Nurse Manager Vamella Lovett.

Women may experience different symptoms of heart disease than men, Lovett said. "Also, women who have no symptoms may be at risk for heart disease," she warned. "Almost two-thirds of the women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms."

To reserve a seat for the luncheon, call 430-6200 by Friday.