Stockbridge, Ga. (January 24, 2014) – Every fall, Henry County goes pink in honor of breast cancer awareness. Hundreds walk, fundraise and sport pink clothing to call attention to the disease that will kill 39,620 women this year, according to the American Cancer Society. This February, medical professionals at Piedmont Henry ask the community to Go Red for Women and combat heart disease, the number one killer of women.
“As a community, we’ve done a fantastic job of being mindful of breast cancer and encouraging the women in our lives to get their mammograms,” said Donna Braddy, director of marketing and public relations at Piedmont Henry. “Now it’s time to focus on heart disease and women, especially since women tend to believe heart disease mainly affects men.”
According to the American Heart Association, 90 percent of women are at risk for heart disease. Each year, heart disease claims the lives of about 131 Henry County residents. In the state of Georgia, heart disease and stroke account for 28.2 percent of all female deaths. That’s the equivalent of about 27 deaths each day.
“More women die from heart disease than men,” said Raj Reddy, M.D., medical director of cardiology at Piedmont Henry. “Here in Georgia, women tend to be more at risk for heart disease and stroke because of lifestyle choices, especially eating habits. In Henry County, about one in four adults are physically inactive and much of the population is overweight or obese. These two risk factors alone can increase the risk of heart disease.”
On Monday, February 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Piedmont Henry will host a Go Red Rally to bring the community together in support of women’s heart health. Participants will receive free blood pressure screenings, tips on fitness and healthy eating, assistance in determining Body Mass Index (BMI) and more. There also will be fun photo opportunities and giveaways.
For more information about heart health or to take a quick online assessment of your own risk for heart disease, visit piedmontheart.org.