LANSING, Mich.— Ten years after the introduction of American Heart Association Go Red for Women movement, we can celebrate the strides that have been made against the No. 1 killer of women, including:

· 650,000 lives have been saved

· 330 fewer women are dying every day due to heart disease

· More women realize that heart disease is their No. 1 health threat

· More physicians recognize that women’s symptoms can differ and better screenings and treatments are saving lives.

· Clinical trial results are now reported by gender

· Fewer people are smoking; cholesterol has decreased

While we can celebrate these successes, heart disease remains the number one killer of women, killing approximately one woman every minute. In an effort to bring awareness to Michigan residents and lawmakers, Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton, D-Huntington Woods and the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement have teamed up to introduce resolutions in the state Senate and House.

On January 30th at 11 a.m. in the Capitol Rotunda Michigan lawmaker’s will announce the 2014 American Heart Month resolution. The event will also educate women and men about the risk factors for heart disease and how they can support the movement to save lives.

“For more than a decade, millions of women have united to raise their voices about this silent killer. While we’ve made remarkable progress, nearly 1,100 women are still dying each day in this country,” said Schuitmaker, R-Lawton. “But, with education, awareness and action many more lives can be saved.”

The American Heart Association and its volunteers work every day with state legislatures in fighting cardiovascular diseases. The work is aimed at helping those who are at risk as well as improving the lives of Americans suffering from heart disease and stroke. Ultimately, the goal is to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

“It is an honor to stand with my fellow legislators and raise awareness about an issue that affects so many Michigan women,” said Lipton, D-Huntington Woods. “Heart disease is an issue that touches all of us.” One Michigan woman who has been touched by heart disease is cardiac nurse and survivor, Annette Sciberras of Dearborn. Sciberras is a 2014 national Go Red for Women spokesperson and, on January 30th, will share her personal story of being born with a congenital heart defect and later being diagnosed with “broken heart syndrome,” a type of cardiomyopathy caused by extreme stress.

An estimated eight million women in the U.S. are living with heart disease, yet only one in six women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat. In fact, 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.


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