March 8, 2019 –
Roughly 35 women die each day from cardiovascular disease and stroke in the New York City area. Approximately 80% of these deaths are preventable with awareness and simple lifestyle choices. Go Red For Women® is a year-round movement that harnesses the energy, passion, and power women have to band together to collectively wipe out heart disease. In NYC, the Go Red For Women® movement culminates with a celebratory luncheon bringing together 1200 influential women and men from the corporate, philanthropic, fashion, and medical communities.
In the past, heart disease and heart attack have been predominantly associated with men. Historically, men have been the subjects of the research done to understand heart disease and stroke, which has been the basis for treatment guidelines and programs. This led to an oversimplified, distorted view of heart disease and risk, which has worked to the detriment of women.
Because women have been largely ignored as a specific group, their awareness of their risk of this often-preventable disease has suffered. Only 55 percent of women realize heart disease is their No. 1 killer and less than half know what are considered healthy levels for cardiovascular risk factors like blood pressure and cholesterol. The Go Red For Women® movement works to make sure women know they are at risk so they can take action to protect their health.
Too many women die each year because they are unaware that heart disease is their No. 1 cause of death. Together, we can bring a voice to this silent killer to help save lives. Make it your mission to speak up and join the movement to help us save the lives of women who live and work in NYC!