Sens. Tartaglione, Baker Work to Give Women Better Understanding of Heart Disease
HARRISBURG, Feb. 17, 2015 – Because it’s more prevalent than breast cancer or any other type of cancer, state Sens. Christine M. Tartaglione and Lisa Baker today proposed a resolution designating “National Wear Red Day in Pennsylvania.”
Sen. Tartaglione read the following statement this evening on the floor of the Senate:
“Too often, women are the caretakers in their families. They take care of their children, spouses and everyone around them, but they don’t take care of themselves.
“When faced with a heart attack, women are the last to get help and the first to suffer the ultimate consequence … death. Not only does heart disease claim the lives of more women than men each year, but it also is the most deadly of all diseases among women.
“This year, Sen. Baker and I hope to change these odds.
“As part of the American Heart Association’s ‘Go Red Campaign,’ we are offering this resolution to ensure women understand the risks of heart disease, and we are encouraging every female in this state to become more aware and proactive in maintaining their own cardiovascular health.
“We are asking everyone in the Senate to please wear the red pins Sen. Baker and I have placed on their desks in support of this important cause … so that we may continue our outreach efforts until we reach every mother, daughter, sister and friend in the commonwealth. “
According to the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute, preventing heart disease is possible through lifestyle changes, medicines, and medical or surgical procedures.