STATE — In its ongoing effort to elevate public awareness about cardiovascular, the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® movement is teaming up with Emmy-nominated actress Elizabeth Banks to share the truth about the No. 1 killer of women.
More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined. Unfortunately, heart disease is often silent, hidden and misunderstood. Additionally stroke is the No. 4 leading cause of death of women and the No. 1 cause of long-term disability. That’s why Go Red For Women is asking the New Jersey women to participate in the 9th Annual National Wear Red Day on Friday, Feb. 3, to make ending heart disease a reality.
“Heart disease causes the death of one woman every minute,” said Dr. Jacqueline Hollywood, a board-certified cardiologist and partner at The Advanced Cardiology Institute in Fort Lee. “That’s why it’s so important to understand and modify your personal risk factors and be aware of overlooked common symptoms. Plus you need to share that information with the women you love.”
Currently some eight million women in the U.S. are living with heart disease, yet only one in six women believes that heart disease is her greatest health threat. In fact, 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
Go Red For Women is asking women to take action by participating in this year’s National Wear Red Day on Friday, Feb. 3. Women can wear red in support of the cause, learn more about their personal risk of heart disease, get involved with local events and register for a free red dress pin at GoRedForWomen.org or Facebook.com/Go Red.
Banks directed and starred in the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women new public service announcement and short film, “Just a Little Heart Attack,” inspired by the real-life stories of women who have been affected by heart disease. The entertaining, yet poignant film, which can be viewed on Facebook.com/Go Red, provides a powerful wake-up call to women across America to understand their risk for heart disease and empower them to put their health first.
“While the film is funny, having a heart attack is not something to be laughed at,” said Banks. “However, I’m using humor to help uncover the truth about heart disease, to get people interested in learning more about their hearts and our movement.”
The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement is nationally sponsored by Macy’s and Merck & Co., Inc.
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