National Wear Red Day – Jesiel Encourages Illinoisans To Know Their Risk For Heart Disease



GURNEE – Last week, Representative Sheri Jesiel joined the members of the Conference of Women Legislators (COWL) and Illinois health officials in wearing red for the annual Go Red Day at the Illinois State Capitol on February 4. The goal of the event was to spread awareness about heart disease and stroke among women.

Each year, 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke. However, 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. The Go Red For Women campaign also educates women on heart attack warning signs, which can be different than a man’s. Women may experience nausea, jaw and neck pain, or flu-like symptoms.

“Heart disease affects women of all cultures and backgrounds, but due to a lack of education many women are unaware of this,” said Jesiel. “Understanding the symptoms of a potential health issue is crucial to getting treatment and lowering the risk posed to women by heart disease and stroke.”

Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association's national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women because it’s not just a man’s disease. In fact, more women than men die every year from heart disease and stroke. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Go Red For Women advocates for more research and swifter action for women's heart health. The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement is nationally sponsored by Macy's, with additional support from other cause supporters. For more information, please visit GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278).