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Go Red for Women 2008 Campaign Kicks Off With Global Red Dress Display

 American Heart Association and Oklahoma Heart Hospital Celebrate Go Red Campaign to Educate Oklahoma Women About Their Risk of Heart Disease

OKLAHOMA CITY—The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign kicks off February 1 at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital with the opening of “Dress the Globe Red” a display of women’s dresses from around the world, to put the spotlight on women’s risk of heart disease. 

Heart disease is the single greatest cause of death for women around the globe.

“Go Red for Women is a national movement founded by the American Heart Association to help women fight back against the number one killer of American women - heart disease,” noted Dr. Pamela Craven, co-chair for the 2008 Go Red For Women Luncheon.  “Our primary goal in asking women to wear red on Go Red day is to remind them that knowing your personal risk of developing heart disease is a powerful, lifesaving step to a healthy life at every age.  Yes, heart disease is a killer, but it is largely preventable.” 

“This is an extraordinary education campaign and collection of authentic women’s apparel from around the world – all with an Oklahoma connection,” noted Peggy Tipton, R.N., Oklahoma Heart Hospital Chief Operating Officer.  “Each dress comes with the story of women in that region of the planet and their particular risk of heart disease.  The first step in fighting heart disease is understanding it.”

The highlight of the Global Red dress display at Oklahoma Heart Hospital will be a collection of red traditional regalia from many of Oklahoma’s Native American Tribes. In Oklahoma, 17 percent to 24 percent of American Indian women die every year from heart disease. American Indians die from heart disease at a younger age than other racial and ethnic groups in the United States, and 36 percent of those who die of heart disease die before age 65.

The “Dress the Globe Red” display will remain open 24/7 throughout the month of February featuring dresses from Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, South America, Oklahoma, the South Pacific, Russia, and more.  Each dress comes with educational information about heart disease in the women of that region and origins of the garment on display.


·        One in three women dies of heart disease. One in 30 dies of cancer.

·        8.6 million women worldwide die each year from coronary heart disease.

·        Two billion people around the world are overweight—women tend to be more obese than men.

·        80 percent of cardiovascular disease deaths occur in low-to-middle income countries, such as China, Russia and Poland.

·        Nearly two-thirds of American women who die suddenly of a heart attack had no prior symptoms.

·        Two-thirds of American women who have had a heart attack don’t make a full recovery.

·        American women can lower their risk of heart disease by as much as 82 percent by leading a healthy lifestyle.

·        Risk factors for heart disease are: smoking, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, overweight/obesity, physical inactivity, diabetes, family history, and age (women 55+).


·        Oklahoma is number one in the nation in heart disease.

·        Diabetes has increased an incredible 43 percent in the past decade in Oklahoma.

·        One in four Oklahomans are smokers.

·        In Oklahoma, 21 percent of middle school students and 42 percent of high school students are smokers. 

·        More than half of Oklahomans are considered overweight. 

·        More than 80 percent eat fewer fruits and vegetables than recommended

·        Oklahoma ranks third worst in the nation among those who report no leisure time physical activity.

·        One in five Oklahomans have high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

·        Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in America.

·        Nearly 60 million Americans suffer from heart disease today.

·        Every 29 seconds an American will suffer a coronary event.

·        About every 60 seconds, someone dies from heart disease.

·        Heart disease is the number one killer of women as well as men.


·        In Oklahoma, 17 percent to 24 percent of American Indian women die every year from heart disease.

·        28 percent of American Indian women are obese.

·        Diabetes increased 60 percent among American Indians aged 20 to 29 in the last decade, compared with 9 percent in the U.S. general population.

·        The heart disease death rate was 20 percent greater among American Indians than among all U.S. ethnic groups.

·        American Indians die from heart diseases at younger ages than other racial and ethnic groups in the United States. 36 percent of those who die of heart disease die before age 65.

·        38 percent of American Indians smoke.

·        Prevalence of cigarette smoking is highest among women who are American Indians (26.8 percent), followed by white women (20 percent).


·        More than 85 percent of black women in midlife are overweight or obese.

·        52 percent have high blood pressure.

·        14 percent have been diagnosed with diabetes.

·        African-Americans are 1.8 times as likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites.

·        17 percent of black women smoke in United States; 25 percent of black adults in Oklahoma smoke.

·        14 percent of black U.S. women have been diagnosed with diabetes.

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