In celebration of the 14th National Wear Red Day, the American Heart Association (AHA) and Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling are holding a press conference on Friday, February 3 at Portland City Hall. The AHA is asking all women to help Maine Go Red on this day by wearing red and raising awareness of this leading health threat. Portland City Hall will be illuminated in red for the month of February for American Heart Month to shine a light - quite literally – on the issue of women and cardiovascular disease. National Go Red For Women Spokeswoman, Nicole Hardy of Scarborough, will share her story. Portland Fire Assistant Chief Keith Gautreau will talk about the importance of bystander CPR and knowing the warning signs of heart attack and cardiac arrest. The press conference will followed by Hands-Only CPR demonstrations.
· For 14 years, women have been fighting heart disease individually and together as part of the Go Red For Women movement.
· Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of American women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. Over the past decade, cardiovascular disease in women has decreased by more than 30 percent and 285 fewer women are dying per day.
· Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
· Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease and the gap between men and women’s survival continues to widen.
· While one in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, heart disease causes one in three deaths each year.