Heart disease is the number one killer for women but the American Heart Association is devoted to putting a stop to that. The Go Red For Women Campaign encourages awareness, energy, passion and power, so women can band together and collectively wipe out heart disease.
Joining us now are Valencia Burch the Go Red chair and Michelle Giannetta a volunteer and heart disease survivor.
Go Red For Women/Heart Disease Statistics:
• The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement has been impacting the health of women for 10 years
• More than 627,000 women’s lives have been saved and 330 fewer women are dying per day, but the fight is far from over
• Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, yet only one in five American women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat
• Heart disease causes one in three women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute
• Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease and the gap between men and women’s survival continues to widen
• While one in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, heart disease causes one in three deaths each year
Women who go red are more likely to make healthy choices:
• Nearly 90 percent have made at least one healthy behavior change.
• More than one-third have lost weight.
• More than 50 percent have increased their exercise.
Symptoms of a heart attack:
• Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
• Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
• Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort.
• Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
As with men, the most common heart attack symptom in women is chest pain or discomfort. But it’s important to note that women are more likely to experience the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
Central Valley Go Red For Women Luncheon
• Friday, March 22
• Pardini’s Banquet Hall in Fresno
• Donna Hartley is the keynote speaker and will take you on an incredible journey delivered in a dramatic and humorous presentation of her life and the three times she had to fight to live.
• Renee Ticknor is our featured survivor who will share her story of surviving a heart attack
• There will also be breakout sessions with physicians, survivors, fashion experts and women just like you.