American Heart Association Wants You To Go Red For Women
This Friday the American Heart Association wants you to wear red on National Wear Red For Women Day, to raise awareness in the fight against heart disease in women. It takes place this Friday, February 7th.
Did you know that heart disease is the top killer of women in the United States, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined? Well, it's true and it further shows the importance of days like National Wear Red for Women Day, which is celebrating it's 10th anniversary.
We had the privilege of having a visit on the morning show today from Asbury Park's Karin Jordan. Her story should certainly be a wake up call to all women in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Heart disease has hit her and her family hard.
Karin lost her sister at age 27 to an aortic aneurysm. Karin's niece had open heart surgery at 25, and her other sister had her aortic valve replaced at 47 years old. And Karin herself suffered an aortic aneurysm at 35 and underwent two heart surgeries just 9 months apart, all of this at age 35.
Karin also spent 5 days on life support after suffering a mini stroke,and was given slim odds of survival, yet today she is a very active volunteer for the American Heart Association.She feels her involvement with the AHA is important to educate the public and raise awareness, as well as honoring the memory of her sister.
There's also a great event taking place at Monmouth Mall on Saturday February 15th. It's the Go Red For Women Expo and Share Your Story Filming from noon to 4:00pm. It will feature health screenings, great prizes, cooking demonstrations and much more. Get all the details on this event at the Monmouth Mall website.
And you can get more info on the things you should know about heart disease, as well as details on National Go Red For Women Day at the American Heart Association website.