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New Oklahoma Heart Hospital South Campus Joins American Heart Association Urging Women to Wear Red Friday, February 5

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Jane Braden 405.818.1905

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*Winner of the Oklahoma Heart Hospital – Oklahoma Heart Hero 2010 is the Garza Family from Hobart. Husband Albino saved 32-year-old wife Amy with CPR.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma women with heart disease who were revived in a 911 emergency will be honored alongside their rescuers at the 2010 kickoff of the Go Red for Women Wear Red Day to be held at the new Oklahoma Heart Hospital South Campus on February 5th at 10:30 a.m. One of the rescuers will be given the 2010 Oklahoma Heart Hero award for their courageous use of CPR in an emergency.

The American Heart Association celebrates February as National Heart Month and on Friday, February 5th millions of women, men and children across America will unite in support of the go Red for Women movement and take a stand against heart disease on "Wear Red Day". Go Red for Women is a nationwide movement that celebrates the energy, passion and power women have to band together and wipe out heart disease, by wearing red.

CPR saved Julie Avants, Edmond; Amy Garza, Hobart; and Loyce Newton Edwards, Oklahoma City. Their rescuers – two family members and a stranger - are finalists for the 4th Annual Oklahoma Heart Hero award. This is the 4th year for the award that in the past has honored family members, friends, strangers and emergency professionals who sometimes put their own lives on the line to save another.

  • 32-year-old Amy Garza’s husband, Albino, was about to go to sleep around midnight when he realized Amy was making strange sounds in her sleep and looked very strange. Panic began to rise and when he checked her – he could find no pulse. Albino quickly began CPR and called 911. He told their 8-year-old daughter Jolie to wait outside for the ambulance and bring the EMT’s to her mother when they arrived. Amy reached the Oklahoma Heart Hospital alive but in a coma. The immediate worry was that Amy’s brain had been oxygen starved for an unknown period of time. To save her brain, Amy was placed in a hypothermic state and remained in a coma for 14 days. When she suddenly awoke with no apparent permanent injury, her doctor called it a miracle. Amy has been diagnosed with a genetic disorder called Long QT Syndrome. Because of Amy’s near death event, they discovered their daughter Jolie also has the same heart defect. Both Amy and Jolie now have Defibrillator/pacemakers to prevent their heart from going into that deadly rhythm.
  • Single mother, 45-year-old Julie Avants, and her 15-year-old daughter Kathryn got up normally the morning of Julie’s heart emergency. Julie suddenly felt strange and went into the bathroom where she collapsed into her daughter’s arms. Kathryn called 911 and was getting her mother in position to begin CPR when paramedics arrived. Moments later at the hospital Julie went into full heart arrest. Julie had a history of heart disease, her first heart attack was at age 42. Subsequent to her heart emergency, Julie has also suffered a stroke and further complications of her heart disease requiring implantation of a heart defibrillator.
  • Loyce Newton Edwards was walking with a friend in North Park Mall when she suddenly felt strange and literally fell to the ground unconscious. A stranger saw her fall and ran to her side. Ryan Stallings began immediate CPR until emergency personnel arrived on the scene. Loyce was diagnosed with a syndrome called Sudden Cardiac Death. She quickly underwent surgery to receive a heart stent and eventually a defibrillator to monitor any dangerous heart beats and shock her heart if needed.

The purpose of the Oklahoma Heart Hero award is to honor those who are prepared to deal with a cardiovascular emergency, educate others how to become prepared, and serve as an incentive for others to be trained in CPR and the use of an AED (automatic external defibrillator).

More than 41 million American women are living with one or more types of cardiovascular disease, yet only one in five view heart disease as their greatest health threat. One in three women has cardiovascular disease, and every minute one woman died as a result of this health threat. That’s why Go Red for Women, powered by the American Heart Association’s research, is educating and connecting millions of women of all ages in an effort to beat women’s number one killer.

Oklahoma Women and Heart Disease:

  • Oklahoma is number one in the nation in heart disease.
  • Diabetes has increased an incredible 43% in the past decade in Oklahoma.
  • One in four Oklahomans are smokers.
  • In Oklahoma, 21% of middle school students and 42% of high school students are smokers.
  • More than half of Oklahomans are considered overweight.
  • More than 80% 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.

National Facts:

  • Coronary heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women over age 20. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) kills about 460,000 women a year.
  • While 1 in 30 American women die of breast cancer, almost 1 in 3 will die from cardiovascular disease.
  • Cardiovascular disease causes approximately 1 death per minute among females in the U.S.
  • 43 million American women are living with cardiovascular disease.
  • Sixty-four percent of women who died suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms.
  • African-American and Mexican-American women have higher heart disease and stroke risk factors than white women of comparable socioeconomic status.
  • Heart disease rates in post-menopausal women are two to three times higher than in pre-menopausal women of the same age.


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Oklahoma Heart Hospital South Campus Site for Go Red for Women Celebration 2010

About Oklahoma Heart Hospital:

Oklahoma Heart Hospital opened in August 2002 as the first all-digital hospital in America totally dedicated to the care of hearts. Cardiologists from Oklahoma Cardiovascular Associates partnered with Mercy Health Center to make the hospital a reality. In 2006, demand for cardiovascular services in the region prompted a $98 million expansion at the hospital.

In 2010, Oklahoma Heart Hospital South Campus opened its doors as an all-digital hospital specializing in the care of hearts. The South Campus partnered with Oklahoma Heart Hospital, Mercy Health Center, Norman Regional Health System and Midwest Regional System to bring cardiovascular services to south Oklahoma City and eastern Oklahoma County.

Oklahoma Heart Hospital – Serving the State, Leading the Nation. www.okheart.com


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