CIRCLE OF REDJan 18, 2020 03:08PM ● By Leslie McCarroll
Our mothers. Our sisters. Our friends. So many women in our lives are touched by cardiovascular disease. Whether it’s heart disease or stroke, cardiovascular disease takes a woman’s life every 80 seconds.
But we can change that.
With a little more education and making small shifts in our lifestyle, we can prevent 80% of cardiac events. Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s movement to save the lives of women.
Since 2004, Go Red for Women has been raising awareness that heart disease looks different in women. For instance, a woman suffering a heart attack might not feel the stereotypical crushing chest pain. Instead, she might feel a little discomfort in her chest, jaw and neck pain and nausea. Without the education that these are signs of a possible heart attack in a woman, she might not seek medical help right away. In fact, the American Heart Association says women may wait up to 30% longer than men from the moment they begin experiencing symptoms to arriving at a hospital.
Go Red for Women is passionate about educating women on the signs of heart disease and stroke and urging them to put their health at the top of their to-do list. In our busy lives, Go Red for Women is there year-round with simple tips and education on living a healthier life. Small shifts like switching soda for fruit-infused water or taking 10 minutes to meditate can do wonders for your heart.
In Northern Nevada, we’re fortunate to have dedicated Go Red for Women ambassadors in our community. Circle of Red is the philanthropic society of Go Red, filled with a group of women passionate about fighting heart disease in women. Many members have lost dear friends and loved ones to heart disease. They know what’s at stake. As front-line advocates for the cause, Circle of Red members not only help save lives, but give meaning and fulﬁllment to their own lives and those they touch.
They use their influence, generosity and ambassadorship to increase awareness that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. Their stewardship leads to donations that support breakthrough research projects by the American Heart Association.
Real change is possible. Join the Go Red for Women movement by visiting the website RenoGoRedLuncheon.heart.org. The 16th Annual Reno Go Red for Women Luncheon is on Friday, February 28th, 2020 at the Downtown Reno Ballroom. If you’d like to involve your company or learn more about Circle of Red, please contact Go Red for Women Director Jessica Stack at [email protected].