Published: Thu, February 02, 2017
Medical | By Dorothy Lyons

Go Red for Women luncheon focuses on heart health education

Go Red for Women luncheon focuses on heart health education

February is Heart Month! It was first observed to bring national attention to the fact that heart disease is the number one killer of women, and to raise awareness of women's heart health.

The free event coincides with National Wear Red Day and will be held from 11 a.m.to 2 p.m.in the Professional Office Building of St. Catherine Hospital, 4321 Fir St., East Chicago. Right alongside the important learning and information on Heart Disease for Women, with PeaceHealth cardiologist James Suero, MD. The American Heart Association is spreading the word by encouraging everyone to wear red on Friday, Feb. 3 for National Wear Red Day. It is a nationwide campaign that aims at inspiring women to take action for better heart health. When you get involved in supporting Go Red For Women by advocating, fundraising and sharing your story, you save more lives. "We look forward to saving and changing countless lives by working together". The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Additionally, they urge everyone to schedule a prevention appointment to review overall health, including blood pressure and cholesterol screens, and evaluate early stages of heart disease, stroke risks and other cardiovascular illnesses.

Even if you have no symptoms, you may still be at risk for heart disease.

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Cardiovascular diseases cause almost one in three deaths in women each year or one death every 80 seconds.

"We'd love to see the whole community Go Red for Women this year". An estimated 44 million women in the USA are affected by cardiovascular diseases with heart attack and stroke being the number one killer of women.

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