SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — On a Thursday afternoon at the Oncenter Convention Center in downtown Syracuse over 600 people gathered to support a cause. That cause, cardiovascular disease. The American Heart Association put together a “Go Red For Women Luncheon” in order to raise money for and educate people on heart disease.
It was the 16th Annual Go Red For Women Luncheon, and it was quite the success. The organization raised more than $425,000 in support of cardiovascular disease. The donations will be used for educating the community, training and research on the disease.
It is thought by many that cardiovascular disease only affects men. That’s not the case.
“Heart disease is not just a man’s disease. It is the number one killer of women,” said the American Heart Association.
One of the primary facts that was stressed by many at the event was “one in three”. One out of every three women will suffer from, or die from, cardiovascular disease.
However, there are a lot of ways that the everyday person can go about reducing their risk of having a cardiovascular disease. The one that was emphasized often was going to get your blood pressure checked, and knowing your numbers. There were two stations at the festivities before the lunch where women could go and get their blood pressure checked
“Blood pressure is the sneaky one,” said Kristy Smorol, the Communications Director of the American Heart Association.
High blood pressure has no symptoms and the damages can literally just sneak up on you. You don’t know you have an issue when it comes to blood pressure unless you get checked.
There are other ways that people can go about heart disease prevention. Little bits of exercising, drinking lots of water, and limiting ones salt intake can all play a major role in avoiding cardiovascular disease and strokes.