Cardiovascular diseases continue to be a woman’s greatest health threat, claiming the lives of one in three women each year, while 55,000 more females than males are affected by stroke each year. On April 11, 2019, the Northern New Jersey Go Red for Women Luncheon will celebrate 10 years of creating awareness by sharing stories of survival, providing health tools and resources, and proudly wearing red to fight against heart disease and stroke in women.
Stacy Quinn, Deputy Director at Bayer and longtime volunteer of The American Heart Association, will chair the event and lead a day filled with education, celebration and empowering women to take charge of their health.
“To treat, beat and prevent cardiovascular diseases, women should understand family health history, know their numbers and make lifestyle changes like exercising, eating smart and managing their blood pressure. Risk factors that are within women’s control include smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, physical inactivity, poor diet, obesity/overweight and diabetes,”, says Stacy Quinn.
Being a stroke survivor herself, Stacy is no stranger to understanding the risk factors associated with heart disease and stroke, but she also knows how important it is to take care of your overall health.
“You have to be the CEO of your own health. This means knowing your numbers, putting your own health first, and if something doesn’t feel right getting the proper medical attention because you know your body best,” explains Quinn. “In my case, I ignored stroke symptoms for 10 days because I thought stroke mainly affected older men—not young, healthy women. This thinking almost killed me. What many people don’t know is that one in five women will have a stroke in her lifetime.”
As chairperson, Stacy will raise awareness of cardiovascular disease, which continues to be a woman’s greatest health threat, and educate people about how to prevent it through healthy lifestyle choices. She will stand alongside her survivor sisters, all who have all survived cardiovascular disease and/or stroke, as they continue reminding us all why it is so important to “know your numbers” and know the warning signs of heart attack and stroke.
The 10th annual Northern New Jersey Go Red for Women luncheon will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at The Wilshire Grand Hotel. For more information or to attend the luncheon, visit nnjgored.heart.org. Together, we can save the lives of the women we love!