Tuesday, February 05, 2013

"Ladies in Red" event Feb. 9 raises awareness for women's heart disease

The good people at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center's Heart and Vascular Institute saved my life after a recent heart attack. Turns out that February is heart month and the American Heart Association is promoting women's heart health. Why? Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S., with 500,000 dying every year. A number of my colleagues going through cardiac rehab with me are women who've had stents or bypasses. They are outnumbered by us hard-living men, guys who never gave up smoking or Big Macs or stress. But the women's heart disease stats are a revelation.

The 4th annual "Ladies in Red" seminar and fund-raiser will be held on Saturday, February 9, 9 a.m. to noon, in the Kiwanis Community House at Lions Park in Cheyenne. Nationally recognized speaker Donna Hartley will offer insight and humor to share what she’s learned from her own journey of surviving a plane crash, melanoma and open-heart surgery.

To register, call (307) 633-6050 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. $25 registration fee, includes brunch and giveaways. The completed form must be mailed to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center with payment. Or you can call (307) 633-6050.

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