The Heart of Paseo: The Art of Heart



Heart Hero at 10:30am at South

First Friday Gallery Walk 6-10pm in Paseo

Oklahoma Heart Hero to be Named During Wear Red for Women Opening Event


The Art of the Heart – Features Variety of Art in the Color “red” to

Promote Healthy Hearts for Women


OKLAHOMA CITY—A crowd of women wearing red, a display of newly designed red fashions and Oklahoma artists showcasing red and heart inspired art will mark the kickoff of the annual National Wear Red Day for Women and Heart Disease Awareness® campaign to be held Friday, February 1, 2013 at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital South.

The event, to spotlight the dangers of women and heart disease, will also include the announcement of the winner of the 2013 Oklahoma Heart Hero award honoring ordinary Oklahomans who stepped out of their safety zone to save another with CPR.

The red dress has become the icon for the campaign to educate women about their unique risks for heart disease and to encourage women to proactively protect their hearts by knowing the status of their own distinct heart health.

The day-long event begins at 10:30 am, at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital South Campus, located at I-240 and Sooner Road and includes:

  • Kick-off Wear Red Day for Women
  • Media announcement of the 2013 Oklahoma Heart Hero.   
  • Cardiologist Dr. Christine Rattin will present the latest information regarding Oklahoma women and their risk of heart disease to an audience of women dressed in red to honor Wear Red day.  
  • Oklahoma artist Thomas Stotts will create a piece of art live at the event.  Art from the Paseo Art Association Member Juried Art Competition and Exhibition will be on display. 
  • Dresses designed for the event by Oklahoma State University students in the School of Design, Housing and Marketing will be on display at the event. Advanced apparel design students investigated the issue of women’s heart health in creating their collections.  Students met and talked to women survivors of heart disease to integrate principles of emotional design generated by the issue of heart health into their dresses.

“Heart disease looks very different in women than men,” said Dr. Rattin.  “Women’s symptoms of heart disease and even heart attack are less about crushing pain in the chest as with men and more about subtle symptoms such as shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, pressure in the chest, arms or jaw, nausea and dizziness.  Women have to take control of their own heart health by knowing their symptoms and their risk factors such as a family history, smoking, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.”

THE HEART OF PASEO: The Art of Heart

The event will continue into the evening with a Frist Friday Gallery Walk in Paseo featuring art and fashion inspired by Wear Red Day. During the Gallery Walk participants will be able to see works of art featuring the theme color red and theme messages of awareness.  Participants will also be able to collect information about heart health from the Oklahoma Heart Hospital.

During the month of February the campaign continues with displays of artwork by Paweo Members at Oklahoma Heart Hospital’s North (near Mercy) and South Campuses as well as Paseo Arts Space in Paseo.  This artwork will also be available for purchase with some of the proceeds going to the artist and the other portion split as a fundraiser for the Paseo Arts Association and the Volunteer Auxiliary Foundation at Oklahoma Heart Hospital.


Wear Red Day is the time Oklahomans and Americans nationwide wear red to increase awareness of the impact of heart disease in women. The red dress pin has become the symbol of this day much as the pink ribbon is the symbol for women and breast cancer.


The 2013 Oklahoma Heart Hero award will be presented to an Oklahoman who saved a life during a cardiovascular emergency.  The annual award is given to educate others how to become prepared to use CPR and the use of an AED (automatic external defibrillator).  Nominees for the 2013 Oklahoma Heart Hero include average Oklahomans who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances that ended in the rescue of a stranger in the community using CPR.

Oklahoma Women and Heart Disease Facts

  • 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 Oklahoma.
  • 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.

Women’s Heart Disease 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.

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 Physicians is the state’s largest group of cardiovascular specialists with 56 physicians in nearly 50 clinics across Oklahoma, including the Oklahoma Heart Hospital.

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

About Paseo Arts Association (PAA):

MISSION:  The Paseo Arts Association seeks to preserve the Paseo, Oklahoma City’s vibrant living community of artists, as a historic arts district and to enrich, educate, entertain, and inspire through the arts.

The PAA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Their office is located at 3022 Paseo in the heart of the historic Paseo Arts District.  They are the proud host of the Annual Paseo Arts Festival on Memorial Day Weekend, which will celebrate its 36th Anniversary in 2012.  More than 70 artists live and work in the 20+ studios and galleries that line the two block street.  In 2011 The Paseo was recognized in both “Forbes” and “Travel and Leisure” magazines as “one of America’s most transformed neighborhoods”.  This followed the national recognition by the American Planning Association in 2010 as being one of the “Top Ten Neighborhoods in the United States”.