When I first became a volunteer for the American Heart Association as a young emergency physician more than 30 years ago, the treatment for a heart attack was a nitroglycerin under the tongue and bed rest for two weeks in the hospital. Heart attacks were a disease of men. There were only two drugs to treat high blood pressure. Medication to lower cholesterol hadn't even been thought of, let alone prescribed. CPR and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) courses were just being developed. Smoking was not hazardous to your health, and the only people who were concerned about diet and exercise were a few fanatics on the fringes of medicine.
Since then the number of deaths from heart attacks and stroke has plummeted because of ever-improving prevention strategies and treatment. Heart healthy diet and exercise have become an integral part of the lives of millions of Americans, as has treatment for hypertension and cholesterol. Thousands of lay persons and health professionals have been trained in CPR and ACLS. The American Heart
Association has been the leader in bringing about this remarkable set of achievements through its programs for funding research and education.
Go Red For Women is a premier example of the American Heart Association's efforts in raising awareness and saving lives. Your participation and contribution to this event helps harness the energy, passion, and power of women to wipe out heart disease and stroke. It is one of the reasons I am still a volunteer for Heart and I'm thrilled you are too.
Dr. Diane Sixsmith M.D., M.P.H., FACEP
Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine
New York Hospital Queens
Welcome to the 2011 Queens Go Red For Women Breakfast. We’re delighted you want to learn how you can advance health, stop heart disease and save women’s lives. That’s what Go Red For Women is all about.
Heart disease isn’t just a man’s problem. It’s a woman’s problem, too. In fact, it’s women’s No. 1 killer. And, tragically, far too few women realize their risk from this often-preventable disease. We need to raise women’s awareness, to protect our mothers, daughters, sisters, friends and other loved ones. And ourselves.
You can help, starting today. Here’s how:
First, take charge of your own heart health. Visit your doctor. Know your numbers (learn more at goredforwomen.org). You can improve your blood pressure, cholesterol and other numbers by making lifestyle changes. You’ll be healthier and look and feel better, too.
Second, speak up. Help spread the word that heart disease is women’s No. 1 killer. You can make a difference. Choose to share what you learn today with your family and members of your community.
Third and last, consider making a contribution. Your donation will help fund local and national Go Red activities to support awareness, research, education and community programs to benefit women.
Please don’t leave today without committing to make a difference. Join the Go Red For Women movement — women need your help. There’s so much to do, and so much at stake. Only one in five women believes that heart disease is her greatest health threat. Reducing risk and preventing heart disease starts with education — and you.
By working together, we can help women and their families live longer, stronger lives. Thank you for your generous support.
Chief Executive Officer
American Heart Association
nationally sponsored by