The American Heart Association teamed up with St. Joseph's Hospital Wednesday afternoon for the annual Parkersburg Goes Red Luncheon.
Dozens of people gathered to help raise awareness and educate women about heart disease.
The keynote speaker, Dr. Ann Connor says West Virginia has one of the highest death rates in the country for cardiac disease, and believes educating the public can help decrease that rate.
"A lot of people I see, they come in and they're having a big heart attack, and they're shocked. They have no clue this could ever happen to them," Ann Connor M.D. with St. Joseph's Hospital said.
Several speakers were on hand at the luncheon, and WTAP's own Lauren Keeling emceed the event.