To the Editor: Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association's national campaign to increase awareness of heart disease — the leading cause of death for women — and to inspire women to take charge of their heart health. Heart disease is the cause of one in three deaths each year, but it can be prevented.
Locally, the Suburban Go Red for Women luncheon takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 17 at the Q Center in St. Charles. In addition to the delicious heart-healthy luncheon and fabulous keynote speaker, women will receive information on healthy eating, exercise and risk factor reduction.
I was fortunate to be invited last year by a friend and I look forward to attending again this year. My only regret is that I hadn't learned sooner what I learned that day. Just two months before the "Half Day for Your Heart" luncheon, my mom died suddenly and unexpectedly from a massive heart attack. What I learned at the luncheon was that my mom may have been presenting symptoms that went unrecognized. Common heart attack symptoms for women differ from a man's symptoms and often go undiagnosed.
The event, now known as the Suburban Go Red for Women, was formerly known as the Kane/DuPage Go Red for Women. However, Kane County attendance greatly surpassed the participation of DuPage County residents. This year, let's narrow the gap!
The Suburban Go Red for Women luncheon is a delightful way to spend an afternoon with the women you love. I hope that if just one reader attends and learns something new, she may save the life of someone she loves so they can celebrate many more birthdays together.
Additional information is available at kanedupagegored.org.