Region ‘goes red for women’ to back heart health

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Members of the Rome community gathered on Friday to observe National Wear Red Day to help raise awareness and funds to fight the number one killer of women – cardiovascular disease.

The American Heart Association (AHA), the leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives, together with its Go Red for Women movement, thanked the hundreds of Central New York businesses, organizations, and schools that went “red” to support National Wear Red Day.

For the fourth year in a row, the American Heart Association hosted the Rome Go Red for Women Luncheon at the Delta Lake Inn, sponsored by Rome Memorial Hospital. The event featured Passion Speaker Cindy Hayes.

Hayes shared her family’s story. Her five-year-old son Jaxon was born with a heart defect. Jaxon had surgery at just two-days-old to repair his heart. Keynote speaker Dr. Russell Silverman of St. Joseph’s Health shared important insight about the impact on heart disease on women.

The Rome Go Red for Women Luncheon was led by committee members Kimberly Birnie, Sally Hinman and Sheila Nunn-Murphy. The event was sponsored locally by Rome Memorial Hospital, Deployed Resources, Hazen B. Hinman Sr. Foundation, Roser Communications, and Townsquare Media.

“Our goal today is that you help us break the silence and change the tide about the devastating impact heart disease is having on our families, our communities and on women in particular,” said Go Red for Women Chairwoman Jennifer Keida, Chief Operating Officer of Standard Insulating Co. during Friday’s event.

“One in three. That’s the price women pay for cardiovascular disease. One in three women will die of cardiovascular disease. That’s a third of our mothers, sisters and friends. It’s time to change this fact,” Keida added.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined. Someone you know and love may be affected – at any age.

That’s why the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement, nationally sponsored by CVS Health, encourages people to show your support by wearing red and making a donation to help raise awareness and save lives from heart disease, AHA officials added.

While nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented through education and lifestyle changes, cardiovascular diseases continue to be a woman’s greatest health threat.

To treat, beat and prevent heart disease and stroke, women should understand family health history, know their five key personal health numbers to help determine risk and make healthy behavior changes like moving more, eating smart and managing blood pressure, the AHA added.

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