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7th annual Go Red For Women Luncheon to be held May 8
Focus this year on heart health and survivors
 
Published Wednesday, April 30, 2014
by Michaela L. Duckett

The 2014 Go Red For Women Luncheon and Education Forum will be held May 8 at the Charlotte Convention Center. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by a health expo and lunch at 12:00 p.m.

Each year, one in three deaths among women are attributed to cardiovascular diseases. That equates to approximately one life lost every minute.

“Only 1 in 5 American women believe that heart disease is their greatest health threat,” said Peggy Brookhouse, president of Luquire George Andrews, a Charlotte-based advertising agency and chair of Go Red For Women in Charlotte. “Most women are less likely to call 9-1-1 for themselves when experiencing symptoms of a heart attack than they are for someone else having a heart attack. This is something GRFW is working hard to change.”

An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by cardiovascular disease, and 90 percent have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. 

The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement advocates for education, awareness and research about heart disease in women through its annual luncheon and education forum.

“For more than a decade, millions of women have united to raise their voices about this silent killer through the Go Red For Women movement,” Brookhouse said. “While we’ve made remarkable progress, nearly 1,100 women are still dying each day. By educating our community, many more lives can be saved.”

The American Heart Association has hosted the luncheon and forum in Charlotte since 2008. Last year, more than 500 people attended the event. In addition to the educational component of the GRFW Luncheon, the half-day event includes a handbag live auction, health screenings, a Go Red shopping boutique and survivor stories.

Visit www.charlottencgoredluncheon.heart.org or call Chrissy Geimann at (704) 417-5756 to reserve a seat or for more information.

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