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Go Red for Women to Fight Their Top Killer

Ryan Scott | Posted 02.05.2016 | Impact
Ryan Scott

We all know that heart disease is one of the top health threats facing men. But many of us forget that this killer doesn't discriminate between genders.

Go Red For Women: What More Can We Do?

Holly Thomas | Posted 02.03.2016 | Impact
Holly Thomas

The fight can't end there, because heart disease will not stop, until we stop it. We must do more than simply wear red. We must make individual changes and be a champion for change in others.

Let's Go Red For Women and Encourage Our Loved Ones to Schedule a Well-Woman Visit

American Heart Association | Posted 02.02.2016 | Impact
American Heart Association

Overall, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. Hispanic and African-American women who focus on seven health factors can improve their overall cardiovascular health and reduce their chances of heart disease and stroke. Going to the doctor for a well-woman visit is a great place to start.

Have Heart Disease? Don't Be Afraid to Get Help or Ask Questions

Maria Acereto | Posted 02.02.2016 | Impact
Maria Acereto

Growing up in Los Angeles, I never enjoyed physical activity as a child. I got tired quickly and always seemed out of breath. I figured it was because I was "chubby." Actually, it was because my heart was struggling with a rare congenital heart defect.

Follow Monica's Lead: Make a Heart-Healthy 'Self-Check'

Nancy Brown | Posted 02.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

R&B singer Monica was just 18 years old and already a star. The diagnosis: a heart condition called mitral valve prolapse. In simple terms, the flap between the upper and lower chambers of her heart wasn't closing properly.

Dana Shoveled the Snow to Help Protect Stan's Heart; Then Dana's Heart Misfired

Nancy Brown | Posted 01.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Dana's story is far too common. Although heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S. -- claiming more lives each year than all forms of cancer combined -- many fail to recognize the warning signs, which can be different from those felt by men.

Becky's Heart Tore So Drastically She Needed a New One

Nancy Brown | Posted 11.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Here is her amazing story, the tale of a young, healthy woman whose heart fell apart so drastically that she needed a new one... and got it, giving her a second chance at life and igniting a passion for helping others.

Brianna Is No Typical College Freshman

Nancy Brown | Posted 08.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Her new friends will learn about the heart condition that began slowing her at age 7. How it nearly killed her one night when she was 13. How her quality of life might've been ruined that same night if not for her mom dusting off the CPR training she received as a teen.

Gianna Dances With the Heart of a Champion

Nancy Brown | Posted 07.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

"I saw the judges' jaws drop in their seats," she said. "They were like, `This girl already won a title and she just had open-heart surgery?!'"

Philanthropist Turns Her Heart Problem Into Solutions

Nancy Brown | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

One day in 1998, Sally Soter was walking up a hill when she felt oddly out of breath. Then came the ache in her side. The symptoms hit just as she a...

Doctors: Your Advice Can Be the Difference Between Life and Death

Leigh Pechillo | Posted 06.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Leigh Pechillo

Dear Doctors, Last year on Mother's Day, I contacted one of your colleagues by leaving a message with an answering service that I had bad heartburn. ...

From the Third Metric Straight to the Heart

Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum | Posted 05.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum

Add a quick jog around the block, a bowl of oatmeal or a square of dark chocolate, and something you love to do, and you've taken a major leap towards a healthier heart. You've reduced your risk in a big way. Have a little faith in the goodness and power of your own life, and then get out there and live it.

A Monthlong Celebration of Our Yearlong Devotion

Nancy Brown | Posted 04.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Throughout February, in communities across the country, millions of supporters have been coming together, wearing red, and reinforcing the critical message that we can overcome heart disease and stroke.

The Message of American Heart Month and Throughout the Year: Healthy Lifestyle Choices Should Be a Priority

Judith A. Salerno | Posted 04.28.2015 | Impact
Judith A. Salerno

One of the great privileges of being a part of the American Heart Association is the opportunity to work together with fellow health organizations, like Susan G. Komen, to achieve our shared goal of improving and saving lives.

I Go Red for Mis Abuelas

American Heart Association | Posted 04.25.2015 | Latino Voices
American Heart Association

Five years ago I became a national volunteer spokesperson for the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign. To this day, many people ask me why I support this cause and not others. The answer is that I carry this cause in my heart.

Can Your Heart's Energy Change the World?

Rose Caiola | Posted 04.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Rose Caiola

Helen Keller once wrote, "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen nor even touched, but just felt in the heart." Her words have...

Live Your Best Life By Removing The Superwoman Cape

Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders | Posted 04.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders

People with this syndrome have an irrational belief that puts an extraordinary amount of pressure on women to look beautiful, stay in shape, take care of the home, solve and fix everyone's problems while succeeding at work. Truthfully, this woman is fictional.

Go Red for Heart Disease

Bri Seeley | Posted 04.21.2015 | Women
Bri Seeley

You may not know that heart disease and stroke is the #1 killer of women. Many believe that heart disease is a man's disease, but each year 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke.

8,000 People Gather on National Mall to Raise $1.9M for Heart Disease Research

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 04.15.2015 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

Last Saturday the Greater Washington Region of the American Heart Association hosted its 11th Annual DC Heart Walk on the National Mall.

Women Can Do Anything Men Can Do, But Here's One Surprising Thing They're Even Better At

Mary Ann Bauman, M.D. | Posted 01.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Mary Ann Bauman, M.D.

Who would have thought that these catchy lyrics from the 1946 Broadway musical Annie Get Your Gun would fit so perfectly into a conversation today about women and heart disease?

Rallying Women Against Heart Disease Is a Year-Round Pursuit

Nancy Brown | Posted 10.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

"Raising awareness is always fulfilling; raising awareness of the No. 1 killer of women is especially satisfying. That is why one day is not enough. As women in high-profile roles, we need to do better. We need to do more."

SCAD: The Ultimate Heart Break

Nancy Brown | Posted 08.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

All the research done so far to understand spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) has turned up only a single confirmed risk factor. Having a heart. That's it. No one can explain why SCAD strikes certain hearts.

Better Red Than Dead

Gail Becker | Posted 07.02.2014 | Women
Gail Becker

Yes, I know the title is a bit jarring... but then, again, that's the point. One in every three American women will die of heart disease; that means one woman every minute. That means someone you know... or maybe even you.

'If The Right People Pay Attention, Anything Can Happen' -- Like Beating Heart Disease in Women

Nancy Brown | Posted 05.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Thanks to Wenzel, Variety and the American Heart Association partnered to hold a "Women in Entertainment" luncheon in Los Angeles on Thursday. It was a chance for powerful women in the entertainment industry to hear her story for the first time and to use it as a call to action.

This February, America Went Red in Fight Vs. Heart Disease in Women

Nancy Brown | Posted 04.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Our work against heart disease continues. While we appreciate and enjoy the added attention in February, I look forward to continuing our discussion on this vital area the rest of the year, too.