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MORGANTOWN -

February is National Heart Awareness Month, and people were asked to 'Go Red for Women' on Friday to bring awareness to women's heart health.

West Virginia is ranked seventh in the nation for death by cardiovascular disease.

Mon General Hospital has a platform sponsorship with the American Heart Association to find a cure. Doctors said that most heart disease and stroke cases can be prevented with behavioral changes.

"West Virginia's a very sedentary state, if you will. I like to really promote exercise," said Dr. John McKnight, a cardiologist at Mon General Hospital. "Diet is poor in West Virginia also. I really like to hammer those two things on with patients, and that's a chronic therapy."

Doctors said women have different and more subtle signs of heart disease than men. Women can feel jaw and back pain, along with nausea when having a heart attack.