- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women aged 35 and older.
Cardiovascular diseases kill more women than the next 14 leading causes of death combined
and have killed more women than men every year since 1984. Unless women start to see heart
disease as part of their disease profile, they're not going to adhere to heart disease
prevention messages or respond to heart disease symptoms -- symptoms that are often so
mild in women that many women and their practitioners fail to take notice. That's why
the Women's Heart Foundation (WHF) and other health partners are issuing a "RED ALERT"
about women's #1 killer. "As the population ages and a growing number of young women begin
to smoke cigarettes, more women than ever are at risk for coronary heart disease" said
Bonnie Arkus, WHF founder. "There is an epidemic of obesity and diabetes - risk factors
that impart even greater risk for a woman's heart than a man's. This is an educational
and fun event for women to learn about new research findings and how to advocate for
themselves to get the best care, should symptoms occur," said Bonnie.
"Despite the tremendous progress we've made in treating heart disease and stroke, it continues to devastate our population," said Doreleena Sammons-Posey, director of Chronic Disease Management at the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services. "Stroke is the leading cause of disability and it affects a disproportionate number of African American women" she said. "That's why we are partnering with the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. of New Jersey, Trenton Alumnae Fortitude Corporation and the Women's Heart Foundation to get the word out about this killer".
Dr. Fredrik Seinfeld, cardiovascular surgeon at the St. Francis Medical Center is
featured keynote presenter. Lord and Taylor is sponsoring the Red Dress Trunk Show.
The Red Dress is the national symbol to raise awareness of heart disease in women, in
association with the NIH Heart Truth campaign and the Wear Red for Women movement.
Screenings will take place by Capital Health System. Sponsors include RV-ing Women,
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
Trenton Alumnae Fortitude Corporation,
Lord and Taylor,
The Heart Truth Campaign and
Region II Office on Women’s Health,
St. Francis Medical Center,
Capital Health System,
Terhune Orchards, and
The Women's Heart Luncheon /WEAR RED- NJ day will take place Saturday, Feb 3 from 1:00 PM
to 3:30 PM at the Trenton War Memorial in the George Washington Ballroom.
The luncheon is free and is being provided by the Women's Heart Foundation and Delta Sigma
Theta Sorority and other sponsors. Pre-registration is required as seating is limited to
300. To register, call Bonnie Arkus at 609.771.9600 or send an E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Download invitation at womensheart.org
The Women's Heart Foundation (WHF) is the only Non Governmental Organization that designs and implements demonstration projects for prevention of heart disease in women. WHF was founded June 11, 1992 as a 501 c3 charitable organization dedicated to improving women's survival and quality of life. For more information, contact WHF, PO Box 7827, West Trenton, NJ 08628 or by email: email@example.com.
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