Heart disease & stroke may be prevented

by Jo Ann Saitta and Stacy Quinn

Our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends are at risk.  Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year—more than all cancers combined.  Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.

As survivors of heart disease and stroke, we want women across the state to be more aware of their heart health.  That’s why we’re uniting on Friday, May 20 at the 14th Annual American Heart Association Garden State Go Red For Women Luncheon.  This day will raise critical funds and awareness for the nation’s top killers.

The American Heart Association Go Red For Women movement, nationally sponsored by Macy’s, inspires women to make lifestyle changes, mobilize communities and shape policies to save lives.  United, we are working to improve the health of all women.

In the past decade, more than 670,000 women’s lives have been saved and cardiovascular disease death in women has decreased by more than 30 percent.  We Go Red to help create a culture of health for women and their families.  Why?  Life is why.

Let’s unite to prevent heart disease and stroke.  It’s time to put our hearts into it and Go Red For Women.  For more information on the Garden State Go Red For Women Luncheon, visit GardenStateGoRedLuncheon.Heart.org.


Jo Ann Saitta of Far Hills, NJ, is a heart disease survivor and chair of the Garden State Go Red For Women Luncheon, and Stacy Quinn of Belleville, NJ, is a stroke survivor and Open Your Heart speaker for the Garden State Go Red For Women Luncheon.

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