Today I was proud to stand with Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell as we discussed the leading cause of death among women: heart disease.
For too long heart disease has been seen as an issue that mainly affects men. Historically all the research that has been done has focused on men and not women, resulting in treatments and programs that were geared towards men and ignored the unique impact on women. Today only half of all women realize that heart disease is their number one killer and less than half know what are considered health levels for cardiovascular risk factors like blood pressure and cholesterol.
As a result, the “Go Red for Women” campaign was launched in 2003 to help dispel the notion that heart disease was a man’s issue. Today the Go Red program is thriving and has engaged more than 2 million women to learn about their risk of heart disease. More than 200,000 healthcare provider offices have received critical patient information on women and heart disease. Today, of the women who have participated in a Go Red for Women educational program, nearly 90% have made at least one healthy behavior change.
Join us as we continue to fight to raise awareness and change more lives together.