Luncheon to raise money, awareness for heart disease in women

It’s time to “Go Red” and listen to a discussion about heart disease in women from an expert.

Nieca Goldberg has been announced as guest speaker of the Westchester-Fairfield Go Red For Women Luncheon & Learning Sessions, presented by Webster Bank, to be held Thursday, Feb. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich.

Dr. Goldberg is a cardiologist and nationally recognized pioneer in women’s heart health. She is the medical director of the Joan H. Tisch NYU Langone Center for Women’s Health, the clinical associate professor of medicine at the NYU School of Medicine and the co-medical director of the 92nd Street Y’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Center.

She is a national spokesperson for the American Heart Association’s Go Red campaign where she has volunteered for more than 15 years, and has served as a NYC board member.

This “life-affirming luncheon” is part of the American Heart Association’s 10th Anniversary year of the Go Red For Women campaign to raise awareness among women and provide them with tools to reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke. More than 500 women are expected to attend the half-day wellness event which includes morning educational breakout sessions, an interactive heart check-up and a silent auction.

Events like the Go Red For Women Luncheon help fund the life-saving work of the American Heart Association including public and professional education programs, awareness, advocacy and research. The association is currently funding 372 new and continuing researchers in the eight-state Founders Affiliate for a value of $82,732,146.

Heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death in American women, claiming approximately 432,000 lives each year, or nearly one death each minute.

Cardiovascualar disease kills more women than the next four causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer. It is largely preventable, though.

One study found that if women adhere to five lifestyle choices involving diet, exercise and non-smoking, 83% of coronary events may be prevented.

But prevention is hindered by the fact that many women don’t realize that cardiovascular disease is a woman’s number one health threat. A primary goal of the Go Red For Women Luncheon is to close this knowledge gap.

For tickets or info visit Heart.org/westfairgoredluncheon or contact Julia Moran at 914-640-3268 or by e-mail at [email protected]

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