Go Red for West Virginia Women

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Women and men wearing red gathered today at the WVU Heart Institute to kickoff Go Red for Women and raise awareness of heart disease in women.

Go Red is a national initiative of the American Heart Association to remind women to take care of their health. The goal is to empower women with the knowledge and tools to take positive action to reduce their risks of heart disease and stroke.

WVU Heart Institute Director Robert J. Beto, M.D., chair of cardiology, said that heart disease is the number one killer of women in West Virginia.

“Heart disease is unfortunately one of the things men and women have in common,” Beto said.  “If we can raise more awareness of the problems, then perhaps we can reverse the alarming statistics."

National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health Director Barbara S. Ducatman, M.D., an associate dean at WVU, explained the importance of understanding the disease’s effects on the human body.  

“As a pathologist I know the effect of lifestyle choices. It is our goal to help women make healthy lifestyles choices,” Dr. Ducatman said. “We want women to understand that a healthy lifestyle requires a first step, not a run.  We want to remind people to find out more about their personal health risks and care for their hearts before there is a problem.”

The mission of the National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health is to is to improve the health and wellbeing of women, families and communities across the state of West Virginia
by providing comprehensive healthcare for women, promoting research in women’s health issues, and educating new generations of health care providers.


For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
kf: 02-05-10

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