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St. Nicholas Hospital Supports National GO RED for Women Movement with Community-Wide Activities
Sheboygan, Wis. --Too few women realize that heart disease is the No. 1 killer among women in the United States. As a result, they may be taking little or no action to prevent it. The good news is that heart disease can largely be prevented. For that reason, St. Nicholas Hospital is supporting the Go Red for Women campaign by encouraging Sheboygan-area women to improve their heart health and take action to fight heart disease.
The goal of St. Nicholas Hospital and Go Red for Women is to raise awareness of the risks associated with heart disease. With one in three adult women in the United States suffering from a form of cardiovascular disease, this initiative recognizes the urgency of women's heart disease.
Cardiovascular diseases and stroke are the #1 cause of death in Wisconsin according to the American Heart Association. Statewide, 15,276 deaths (33.2% of all deaths) were caused by these diseases in 2006 (latest figures available).
"Supporting the Go Red for Women movement is important in raising awareness and encouraging women to take action – now," says Deborah A. Cortlandt, D.O., Coulis Cardiology and member of St. Nicholas Hospital Medical Staff and Physicians' Health Network.
"More than 42 million American women are living with one or more types of cardiovascular disease," said Cortlandt. "Yet, only one in five women realize that heart disease is their greatest health threat. If women do not know they are at risk, they are not likely to take preventative action, which puts them at even greater risk. The goal of Go Red is to not only educate women about their risk, but give them tools they need for making heart healthy choices," said Cortlandt.
Research shows that women who Go Red are more likely to make healthy choices. As a result of joining the Go Red movement:
St. Nicholas Hospital and Go Red want women to do more than become aware, but to take the online Go Red Heart CheckUp at www.goredforwomen.org, and visit their healthcare provider. Knowing your personal risk for heart disease is the most important first step.
To stimulate heart disease awareness and help Sheboygan area women live heart healthy lifestyles, St. Nicholas Hospital is supporting Go Red for Women by organizing exciting community-wide activities during the month of February, which is also American Heart Month. These activities will take place in Sheboygan, Kohler, Sheboygan Falls, Plymouth and Elkhart Lake .
Heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women, does not discriminate; it affects women from all age groups, ethnicities, family histories and walks of life. St. Nicholas Hospital's support of Go Red for Women is an initiative to help mothers, sisters, daughters and friends-- become more aware of their heart risks and make heart healthy choices-- right here, in our own community.
About Go Red for Women
About the American Heart Association
About St. Nicholas Hospital
To learn more, visit www.stnicholashospital.org .
CONTACT: Xue Yang