business logo polo shirts Go Red for Women event aims to raise awareness of heart disease
MISSOULA,Mont. The month of February is widely regarded as heart month. On Saturday at the Southgate Mall, The American Heart Association and the Go Red for Women Committee teamed up for an event to educate women about heart disease.
Organizer Kimberly Roth said heart disease affects women of all ages.
“Young girls at the age of twelve have heart disease, clearly up to the age of 60 or 70 years old. The demographics we’re choosing is women of all ages, all backgrounds to make sure they understand heart health is essential,” said Roth
Another organizer said it’s important to get checked, even if you’re healthy.
“A lot of the young people feel fine,
they don’t feel like they need to be tested. they feel that heart disease is an older person disease and it’s really not, it can affect you at anytime,” said Caryn Lesmeister from the International Heart Institute at Providence St. Patrick Hospital.
According to the American Heart Association:
90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for heart disease or stroke
Fewer women than men survive their first heart attack
Cardiovascular disease and stroke causes 1 and 3 women’s death each year, killing one woman every 80 seconds.
The American Heart Association is working aggressively to reduce cardiovascular disease and strokes by 20 percent by the year 2020.
Missoula resident Catherine Johnson says this event was one of the highlights of her day.
“It’s never to early to find out what you can do to remain healthy,”said Johnson
The next Go Red event in Missoula is on Friday, February 19th, at the DoubleTree Hotel. It’s a four hour event to educate more women about steps to prevent heart disease.