Connecting to Support Women’s Heart Health on February 10th

Dr. Lisa Freed of the Heart and Vascular Center at Yale New Haven Health to lead the
February 10 American Heart Association’s digital Go Red New Haven

The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, announces the return of its annual Go Red New Haven event as a digital experience to support women’s heart health in Connecticut.

This signature event entitled, Health Equity for Women: Overcoming Obstacles to a Healthy Heart, will be held at 6 pm on Thursday, February 10. It will feature two signature speakers, an inspirational survivor speaker, and more.

Dr. Lisa Freed – Event Chair

This Go Red for Women digital event is chaired for a fourth year by cardiologist Lisa Freed, MD, Director of the Women’s Heart and Vascular Program, part of the Heart and Vascular Center at Yale New Haven Hospital. The event is designed to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death for women in the United States, as well as generate funds for lifesaving cardiovascular research for women.

“As a healthcare organization, we are committed to continue the fight to end heart disease and stroke in women. Having a digital event allows us to continue to raise awareness of this No. 1 killer of women – cardiovascular disease – and fund lifesaving research,” said Dr. Freed. “Now more than ever, we need to support women’s cardiovascular health as we continue to face the challenges of our time.”

The evening event will include two keynote speakers: Janine Clayton, MD, NIH Aassociate Director for Rresearch on Women’s Health and Director of the Office of Women’s Health and Jaya Aysola, MD, DTMH, MPH, Aassistant Ddean of Inclusion and Diversity at the Perelman School of Medicine and Founder and Executive Director of Penn Medicine’s Center for Health Equity Advancement (CHEA).

The inspirational survivor speaker is Connecticut resident Nan Redmond, a heart transplant survivor.

Funds raised will go toward research and education to reduce cardiovascular disease and stroke in Connecticut. Although heart disease is sometimes thought of as a “man’s disease,” almost as many women die each year of heart disease as men in the United States. Despite increases in awareness over the past decade, only 54% of women recognize that heart disease is their number 1 killer. More than 7,000 women die from heart disease in Connecticut every year.
Go Red for Women is nationally sponsored by CVS Health and the New Haven Go Red event is locally sponsored by Yale New Haven Health and Defibtech. For more information on the New Haven Go Red event or sponsorship, contact Todd Boe at 203-858-2787, or by email, For more information on the event go to