If you're interested in attending the Go Red Tea for women, call to RSVP by February 21st.
Dozens of people gathered in downtown Bakersfield Thursday morning, aiming to paint the town red to raise awareness about the number one killer of women across the country.
At Naval Submarine Base New London's (SUBASE) various commands and establishments are electing to pick a day in February for their acknowledgement of 'Go Red.' The official day is always the first Friday of February, which this year is Feb. 2. Help the Schliemann Center for Women's Health Education (SCWHE) kick off American Heart Month and "go red" on Friday. Women should know their cholesterol, blood pressure and sugar levels. "By joining together we can raise awareness locally about heart disease and help lead women on the path to prevention". According to the American Heart Association, 80 percent of the disease is preventable.
According to the CDC, almost half of all Americans have at least one risk factor for heart disease.
Focusing exclusively on women's heart health, the report shows there is a major lack of understanding of the differences between men's and women's hearts. Lunch will feature guest speaker Sara Parcell, a West Virginian who was named a national Go Red "Real Women" ambassador for 2018. "That's an average of one death every forty seconds", said Jessica DiMeo, the Senior Regional Director of Communications at the American Heart Association. "Have a home blood-pressure monitoring device and know how to use it". "It's really, really important to get the message out there for women to wake up!"
Myth 2: Heart disease only impacts older people Heart disease affects women of all ages. "So anything we can do to promote awareness for others that are struggling with a heart condition or aren't as lucky or as healthy as ours. Maybe your diet's not ideal, but try oatmeal some mornings for breakfast and try sprinkling some blueberries on top".
Heart attack signs can include, but are not limited to: chest discomfort, upper body discomfort, shortness of breath, nausea or dizziness.