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Go Red: AHA spreads awareness of heart disease among women — wear red on Friday

Despite the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, heart disease remains the leading killer of women in the U.S., according to the American Heart Association’s newly released 2021 Heart Disease & Stroke Statistics. At the same time, recent market research has indicated that the youngest most diverse women are the least aware that cardiovascular disease (CVD) is their greatest health threat.

The American Heart Association, the leading global volunteer organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke, is calling on women in Lexington to spread awareness on National Wear Red Day, February 5, that 1 in 3 women are dying from cardiovascular disease.

Women (and men) are encouraged to “wear red and give” as part of the American Heart Association’s signature movement, Go Red for Women, nationally sponsored by CVS Health, with support from National Wear Red Day matching partner Big Lots and the Big Lots Foundation, and locally sponsored by CHI Saint Joseph Health and local Together to End Stroke sponsor, Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital.

Along with people wearing red across the state, many buildings and structures in Central Kentucky will also go red, such as CHI Saint Joseph Health, City Centre, LexPark Garage on Main and the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion, as well as the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion.

This year’s Central Kentucky Go Red for Women will take place virtually on Friday, April 23, and will honor Carol Barr. Carol’s husband, U.S. Congressman Andy Barr, will be the event’s keynote speaker. The event is chaired by Kathy Love, vice president and chief strategy officer at CHI Saint Joseph Health.

“I’m so honored to be the chair of the Go Red for Women movement because it’s all about empowering and motivating women – and the entire community – to take charge of their health and their futures,” said Love. “As the longest standing cause-level partner of Go Red for Women in the nation, CHI Saint Joseph Health has proudly supported the American Heart Association on programs throughout central and eastern Kentucky  to prevent heart disease and stroke, promote healthy lifestyles, and raise critically needed funds for over 13 years.”

Heart disease kills one woman every 80 seconds and takes more lives than all forms of cancer combined.1 Heart disease and stroke also impact the lives of 1 in 3 women – or a third of mothers, sisters and friends – and cardiac events are on the rise in young women in their 20s.

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