By Gracie Bonds Staples
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Go Red for Women 10th anniversary events
- 9 a.m. Jan. 31: National Wear Red Day at the state Capitol. Sens. Renee Unterman, Valencia Seay, Gloria Butler and Donzella James and Rep. Katie Dempsey will sponsor a resolution urging support for women and the fight against heart disease.
- Feb. 1: Official National Wear Red Day — wear red to bring awareness to heart disease in women.
- 6 p.m. Saturday at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead: The Metro Atlanta American Heart Association hosts its annual Heart Ball; www.heart.org/Atlanta for ticket information.
- Noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 9: Annual Go Red Connect: Atlanta Goes Red event at the Perimeter Mall Macy’s. Women who would like to learn more, volunteer for the cause, or become a local or national spokeswoman are encouraged to attend. The event will offer education, hands-only CPR training, giveaways and fun ways to support “Go Red.” Go Red sponsor Saint Joseph’s Hospital will offer free risk factor screenings.
- Now until Feb. 14, national Go Red for Women sponsor Macy’s will have its Wear Red Day Sale. Women who wear red or purchase the $2 Go Red dress pin will receive savings throughout the store. All proceeds from the sale of the pins will go to Go Red for Women.
- Feb. 12 at the state Capitol: The Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta will join the American Heart Association to encourage legislators to support adding CPR training as a graduation requirement in high schools.
For more information
Call 678-224-2009 or go to www.heart.org/Atlanta or www.GoRedforWomen.org. Atlantans also can connect with the Metro Atlanta American Heart Association on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Atlanta.AmericanHeartAssociation) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/AtlantaHeart).
Heart symptoms common to women
- Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of the chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
- Pressure, pain or discomfort in the lower chest, upper back or upper abdomen, neck or in one or both arms
- Being dizzy, lightheaded, faint, or breaking into a cold sweat
- Feeling like you have the flu
- Chest pain
Source: Katherine Gallagher, associate professor of surgery at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., and a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery