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GR Go Red for Women luncheon highlights goals of the campaign

American Heart Association

This year’s event commemorated 20 years of the Go Red for Women movement and 100 years of saving lives and pioneering scientific discoveries

A heartfelt story was shared today at the American Heart Association’s Grand Rapids “Go Red For Women” annual luncheon. A touching video highlighted a mom who had to have heart surgery during her baby’s birth. She and the baby were there and are doing well. But it was a call to recognize the signs and symptoms of heart disease. The Heart Association says it is the number one killer of new moms. And In fact, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for women, globally.

Jana Siminiski, is Executive Director for the American Heart Association.

“And our goal really is to have people understand that cardiovascular disease happens to everyone. It does not discriminate. We want people to recognize the signs and symptoms. Ww want people to know their number to talk to the medical providers and advocate for their health and well-being. And coming together and sharing that information really serves as a catalyst for everyone to leave that event and take it into their personal lives.”

Siminski says it’s important to note that this year’s event commemorates 20 years of Go Red for Women movement and 100 years of saving lives and pioneering scientific discoveries.

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.
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