Illinois legislators wear red to spread awareness of cardiovascular disease
CHICAGO, IL â€“ Illinois State Senator Mattie Hunter, clad in a striking scarlet dress, participated in the American Heart Associationâ€™s Go Red For Women demonstration at the Illinois State Capitol. All state legislators and statewide elected officials were asked by the Conference of Women Legislators (which Hunter is a proud member of) to don red as part of an annual Statehouse event to spread awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of both men and women in Illinois.
â€œIt was disheartening, to say the least, to be reminded today of the fact that per the American Heart Association, most women are unaware that heart disease is their number one potential health threat and killer,â€ said Hunter. â€œIâ€™m happy to be involved and do my part to spread awareness.â€
Senate Majority Caucus Whip Hunter was also adamant, â€œAs a proud black female, it is unsettling that we as a community are particularly oblivious to this issue and thus not empowered to take charge of our health. Heart disease claims the lives of more than 20,000 black women annually, but only 36 percent of African American women know that this poses their greatest health risk; and only 52 percent recognize the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. This is an absolute shame and something we have to turn around, which is why Iâ€™m â€˜going redâ€™.â€
Go Red For Women is the American Heart Associationâ€™s platform for educating women on their risk factors of heart disease. Over the last ten years, more than 600,000 lives have been saved because of Go Red. Throughout the last ten years, Go Red For Women has funded gender-specific research studies showing womenâ€™s responses to treatments and medications and has published women-specific guidelines on treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease.
To learn more about Go Red For Women, visit www.goredforwomen.org.