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Published on January 10, 2011

Kish and Valley West Step Up to Combat the Leading Cause of Death in Women: Heart Disease

January 10, 2011

Kishwaukee and Valley West Community Hospitals have joined the Go Red for Women campaign to help reduce the number of women who die from heart disease, the leading killer of women.  

As a result of an exclusive year-long partnership with the American Heart Association, the hospitals will be sponsoring activities and providing information to increase awareness and encourage women to take action to reduce their personal risk.

“We are so pleased to support the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign,” said Brad Copple, Kish and Valley West president. “The hospitals believe strongly in patients being advocates for their health and wellness, and we want to be partners in that life-long process. Go Red for Women’s positive message of education and empowerment will be a great match with our efforts to help the women in our community live heart healthy lives.”

Through their sponsorship role, Kish and Valley West seek to empower and educate women throughout DeKalb County and beyond about heart disease, which takes the life of a woman every 60 seconds in the United States.

The Prevalence of Heart Disease in Women

  • Research shows that 80 percent of cardiac events in women could be prevented if women make the right choices for their hearts, involving diet, exercise and abstinence from smoking.
  • Nearly 2,400 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day -- an average of one death every 37 seconds and is the nation's No.1 killer of men and women.
  • Yet, despite more women dying of heart disease than the next five causes of death combined, only 55 percent of women realize heart disease is their greatest health threat, killing approximately 460,000 each year, which is more deaths than the next five causes of death combined—including all forms of cancer

“The partnership between the American Heart Association and Kish and Valley West hospitals will be instrumental in spreading the message of the Go Red For Women movement in northern Illinois,” said Heather Snow, director of the Northern Illinois region for the American Heart Association. “We are fortunate to partner with a health system that is passionate about raising the awareness of women’s greatest health threat.”

Hospitals kick off campaign in February: American Heart Month
The Community Wellness Departments at both Kish and Valley West have a number of programs on cardiovascular health in February, including free Know Your Numbers Events and doctor discussions.
In addition, “This One’s for the Girls” events will be held Friday, Feb. 25 and Saturday, Feb. 26, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb, and Saturday, March 5, at Valley West. Community Hospital, Sandwich. More information about women’s health programs and services can be found at www.kishforthegirls.org and www.valleyforthegirls.org.

About Go Red For Women
Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s solution to save women’s lives. With one out of three women still dying from heart disease, AHA is committed to fighting this No. 1 killer that is largely preventable. GoRedForWomen.org, a premiere source of information and education, connects millions of women of all ages and gives them tangible resources to turn personal choices into life-saving actions. We encourage women and the men who love them to embrace the cause. For more information please visit GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278). The movement is nationally sponsored by Macy’s and Merck & Co., Inc.

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