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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Karen Cooper, front left, and Jackie Thomas will be featured speakers at Shades of Red Runway Event Feb. 5 at the Walden Inn conference center. The event is being sponsored by Putnam County Hospital and proceeds will benefit PCH Cardiac Rehabilitation Department. In addition to Cooper and Thomas, pictured back row from left are Sarah Thomas, marketing assistant with PCH; Kim Carter, registered nurse in cardiac rehab; Jenny Dobson, exercise specialist in cardiac rehab; and Jennifer Bedwell, marketing coordinator with PCH. [Order this photo]
GREENCASTLE -- What does a red dress have to with heart disease?

A simple red dress works as a visual red alert to say, "Heart disease does not care what you wear; it is the number one killer among women."

In addition, the red dress is the symbol for women and heart disease awareness. To help raise awareness locally, Putnam County Hospital is hosting a Shades of Red runway event.

Shades of Red will be a "great opportunity to reach out to women in our community and alert them to their risk factors for heart disease," said Annette Handy, a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator with Putnam County Hospital.

On Feb. 5, red formal dresses from Martin's Emporium will be featured on the runway and modeled by 20 local high school students. The audience will also hear the stories of two local women, Jackie Thomas and Karen Cooper.

Thomas underwent sextuple bypass surgery in January 2008, after only exhibiting minor symptoms of severe blockage in her heart. She is now a patient in the cardiac rehabilitation department at PCH.

"It is a godsend for us," she said.

After just feeling tired and winded, Cooper learned she had major blockage and needed a quadruple bypass in August 2005. She too is now a patient at the cardiac rehab center.

"We are very fortunate to have this facility," she said.

Both women said they enjoy the social atmosphere while exercising on the treadmill, backdraft cycle and NuStep. If they have questions or concerns, there are a registered nurse and an exercise specialist on hand.

"According to the American Heart Association, heart disease kills one in four women," said Handy.

Although significant progress has been made in increasing awareness among women from 34 percent in 2000 to 57 percent in 2006, most fail to make the connection between its risk factors, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and their personal risk of developing heart disease.

The national campaign is building awareness of women's heart disease and empowering them to reduce and prevent their risk. During Shades of Red, women will hear important heart health messages.

"By joining together we can raise awareness locally about heart disease and help lead women (like Cooper and Thomas) to a path of prevention," said Handy.

Shades of Red will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 5 at Walden Inn conference center. Women interested in attending the runway event can purchase an advance ticket for $4 at the PCH gift shop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. All advance sales will end at 1 p.m. Feb. 5.

Tickets can then be purchased at the door for $5 the day of the event.

All proceeds will benefit the PCH Cardiac Rehabilitation Department.

"We encourage everyone attending the event to wear red," said Jennifer Bedwell, marketing coordinator with PCH.

For more information about heart disease prevention, visit www.americanheart.org or call the American Heart Association at 1-800-AHA-USA or 800-242-8721.

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I'm old enough to remember the racism of the '50s: society concerned itself only with improving the condition of whites -- despite the fact that blacks had far worse conditions (though there were exceptions).

Today, we have similar thinking regarding heart disease vis-a-vis the sexes: women and society concern themselves only with women's heart disease -- despite the fact that at every age men develop heart disease and die of it at a much higher rate than women.

WHICH sex needs to be made aware of heart disease?

Please see:

"Women's Advocates Wrong About Why More Women Than Men Die of Heart Disease" at http://tinyurl.com/pkkajz

-- Posted by Male Matters on Sat, Jan 23, 2010, at 10:11 AM

Dear Male Matters:

Comparing racism to health awareness is like comparing apples to oranges. People like you need to realize that there are many different outlets for health awareness. Just because this one focuses on women does not mean there are not hundreds that focus on men. With the technology and communication that is available in our society there is no excuse for anyone who seeks the knowledge to not find it. The problem is most are satisfied with ignorance and assume their health knowledge is the responsibility of someone other than themselves. If you feel there is such a large discrepancy in awareness between the sexes, then please, by all means host your own event designated to the awareness of men and heart disease awareness.

-- Posted by adfan211 on Sat, Jan 23, 2010, at 11:05 AM

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