Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. However, only one in five American women believes that heart disease is her greatest threat. When symptoms are ignored or untreated, heart disease becomes a silent killer. Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease and stroke. Today we take a stand by wearing red, in hopes of increasing awareness, knowledge, and discussions on heart disease.
African-Americans have the highest rate of heart disease in the District with the highest prevalence rates in Wards, 6, 7, and 8 and the highest death rates in Wards 5 and 7. Heart disease is 80 percent preventable. As the Chair of the Committee on Health and Human Services, I encourage you to start making healthier lifestyle changes now. Unsure of where or how to start? “Go Red!”