Going Red for American Heart Month

Gina Pitisci
February 1, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - You may have noticed a lot of people around town wearing red today. The old capitol building went red too. It was all to kick off American Heart Month and support the fight against heart disease in women.

Lisa Cox is a tri-athlete and was out running when she went into cardiac arrest. She, like many other women did not have any noticeable symptoms beforehand. She says "I went into cardiac arrest on June 4th and my friend, Jamie Harris saved my life by doing CPR immediately on me and I had a double bi-pass three days later and I'm just very grateful to be here."

To help bring awareness and support the fight against heart disease in women the old capitol was lit red. Vice President of Advocacy at the American Heart Association, Nikole Souder-Schale, says “we're actually going to be lighting landmarks all over the country to encourage women, just like we wear the red pins or red dresses, to learn about heart disease and educate themselves and protect themselves and their loved ones."

More than 627,000 womens' lives have been saved, but the fight is still far from over and events like this are helping educate the public to save many more lives in the future. According to Lt. Governor, Jennifer Carroll, "it enables us to start talking about heart health awareness, and let individuals know the importance of them eating right and exercising, from our youngest of children to our oldest of adults it's important for us as a family."

Heart disease is the number one killer in women. It is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. Organizations like the American heart association say education is key to saving lives. Souder-Schale says "just from women speaking to other women, women coming together and learning about the signs and symptoms, protecting themselves and taking measures to eliminate their risk."

To reduce your risk of getting heart disease experts recommend a few lifestyle changes such as exercising, not smoking, keeping your blood pressure and cholesterol under control, knowing your family history and eating healthy.

For more information on heart disease or how to get involved go to www.goredforwomen.org

Tallahassee, FL - The American Heart Association is "painting" the old Capitol red for American Heart Month.

The special month kicks off today, February 1, with National Wear Red Day.

People all across the nation are asked to wear red to create awareness and support the fight against heart disease, especially in women.

According to the National Institutes of Health, heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States.

The Department of Management Services has agreed to light the old Capitol building red this Friday evening at 6:15 p.m., and it will remain lit throughout the night.

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