For Immediate Release
February 5, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Kansans Urged to Wear Red for Women on Feb. 6

The American Heart Association (AHA) and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) hosted a joint news conference today to urge all Kansans to wear red on Friday to raise awareness that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for women in Kansas.

“I encourage all Kansans to take part and wear red tomorrow to show their support for the fight against heart disease in women,” said Roderick L. Bremby, Secretary of KDHE. “One in three women has some form of cardiovascular disease, something which is largely preventable.  I encourage everyone to recognize their personal risk for heart disease and take action to lead heart-healthy lives.”

Speakers at the event included Richard Morrissey, KDHE Interim Director of Health, American Heart Association Executive Vice President, Midwest Affiliate Kevin Harker and Amanda Horne, a Kansas resident and 22-year-old stroke survivor.

To make women more aware of the danger of heart disease, the American Heart Association launched a nationwide campaign called the Go Red for Women movement. This important campaign encourages women to learn more about heart health, to lead healthier lives and to talk with their doctors about their risk for developing heart disease. 

“Only one in five women knows that heart disease is their biggest health threat, and we need to change that,” said Harker.  “Wearing red tomorrow is an easy and visible way to show our solidarity and determination to help women avoid heart disease and live longer, stronger lives.  I am proud of the progress that we’ve made through the Go Red For Women campaign, but there is still much that needs to be done.” 

Risk for heart disease depends upon family and personal health history and the treatment recommendations from a physician will depend on a woman’s level of risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following lifestyle modifications for all women:

About Go Red For Women
Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s solution to save women’s lives. With one out of three women still dying from heart disease, we are committed to fighting this No. 1 killer that is largely preventable. GoRedForWomen.org, a premiere source of information and education, connects millions of women of all ages and gives them tangible resources to turn personal choices into life-saving actions. We encourage women and the men who love them to embrace the cause. For more information please visit GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278). The movement is nationally sponsored by Macy’s and Merck & Co., Inc.

About the American Heart Association
Founded in 1924, we’re the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke.  To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases — America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers — we fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health.  To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.heart.org.