Life and Religion
|Go Red luncheon highlights cardiovascular awareness for women|
|April 27 luncheon at Marriott Center City|
|Published Monday, April 23, 2018 9:16 pm|
|AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION|
|The annual Go Red for Women luncheon, held April 27 at Charlotte Marriott Center City, raises cardiovascular awareness.|
Heart disease is deadly, but preventable.
Awareness and education are the primary focus of the American Heart Association’s luncheon on April 27 at 9 a.m. at the Charlotte Marriott Center City, which marks the 11th anniversary of the Go Red for Women movement in Charlotte. Over 500 people are expected to attend the event, which includes a handbag auction, expo area, health screenings and celebration of survivors. Kim Henderson, chief of staff at Novant Health and Senior Vice President of Population Health at Novant Health Bert Scott will co-chair the event.
“One in three women will be affected by heart disease and stroke,” said Go Red for Women Director of Development Stacy Aldriach. “Think about a huge room, or everybody in your company, or even your family. One in three is a staggering statistic. We really want to be able to change that.”
Cardiovascular disease contributes to 844,000 deaths in the United States annually, more than from chronic lower respiratory disease and cancer combined. Approximately 2,300 Americans die from cardiovascular disease daily (1 death every 38 seconds) and results in a loss of $316 billion in health expenditures and time at work.
Dramatization of heart disease, often illustrated through a heart attack in a film or on television does not offer a universal image of what actually happens, nor does it necessarily take into account ways it may impact men versus women. Yet the image of someone clutching his or her arm while writhing in pain is often the perceived image associated with cardiovascular disease.
“What you may see on television could be drastically different, or not even really true as to what really happens,” Aldriach said. “For women, we’re trying to raise awareness that you will see or feel different signs and symptoms. It could be just pure exhaustion, headache, you may have loss of feeling in an arm. There are just all kinds of things that could be different.”
Go Red for Women also emphasizes prevention, particularly as it relates to risk factors such as smoking, physical inactivity, nutrition, being overweight or obese, cholesterol and diabetes. Regular checkups are essential to the process.
“With heart disease and stroke, it is 80 percent preventable,” Aldriach said. “If you have high blood pressure, get it checked, and have a plan and action to lower it. Think about things like regular exercise, eating healthy, cutting back on salts. Knowing it’s 80 percent preventable, that’s a huge stride. We can all make simple life choices like seeing a doctor regularly and getting your blood pressure checked regularly.”
Women are often called upon to take care of everyone else, which can lead to easy dismissal of one’s personal issues.
“We try to take care of everyone first, and we take care of ourselves last,” Aldriach said. “That’s one of the main things that we’re trying to get out to women – take care of your health, and if you feel like something is really wrong, you know your body best. If you’re experiencing that moment, call 911, or have someone near you call 911.’”
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