Texas Health Denton Continues Collaboration with American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women

DENTON, Texas — One out of three American women is at risk of dying from heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women in Texas. On average, 64 women die from heart disease every single day in Texas.

In a continuing effort to battle heart disease, Texas Health Resources and the Tarrant County and Dallas Divisions of the American Heart Association (AHA) have joined forces once again. Texas Health will be the 2012-2013 cause sponsor for the Go Red for Women campaign. The collaboration between Texas Health and the American Heart Association began in July 2011.

To raise awareness of heart disease as the number one killer of women, the AHA created the Go Red movement nearly 10 years ago — celebrating the energy, passion and power of women across the country.

“We are honored to once again work with the American Heart Association and proud to be the Go Red cause sponsor for the second consecutive year,” said Doug Hawthorne, chief executive officer of Texas Health Resources. “The Go Red philosophy reflects Texas Health’s focus of keeping people healthy through prevention, education and addressing the overall well-being of individuals. Working together, we’re turning the tables in a positive direction by helping educate women and emphasizing the importance of heart health.”

“As Go Red for Women enters its 10th year, it’s more important than ever for Texas Health and the American Heart Association to continue this critical collaboration with the shared goal of improving the health of women in North Texas,” said Kim Slone, senior vice president of North Texas for the American Heart Association. “As we’ve made great strides in the past nine years through the Go Red for Women campaign, we are seeing an increase in certain risk factors; and educating as many women as possible on their connection to heart disease and what they can do to prevent this devastating illness has the potential to save countless lives.”

On Wednesday, Sept. 12, women will have an opportunity to take advantage of Texas Health Denton’s Advances in Medicine Lecture Series, a free and educational event presented by health care professionals. The topic will be “The Heart of a Woman” presented by Babu Makkena, M.D.

On Oct. 6, the AHA Denton Heart Walk will be held at Texas Woman’s University Hubbard Hall. Throughout the year, other events will include a grilling competition with award-winning chef Richard Chamberlain, Go Red short-film premier parties and more.

To register for “The Heart of a Woman,” visit TexasHealth.org/Advances, and to learn more about Texas Health’s heart and vascular services, visit TexasHealth.org/Heart. To learn more about the American Heart Association’s upcoming Go Red for Women events, visit heart.org/northtexasgoesred.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton is a 255-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served North Texas and southern Oklahoma since 1987. The hospital’s services include: heart and vascular; a Level III neonatal intensive care unit; orthopedics and sports medicine; neck, spine and pain management; emergency medicine; an accredited sleep center; women’s services; and a weight loss surgery program that has been designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. As one of the largest employers in Denton County, Texas Health Denton has more than 900 employees and more than 300 physicians on the medical staff practicing in more than 43 specialties. Texas Health Denton is an accredited chest pain center, and is certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center and designated by the State of Texas as a Primary Stroke Facility. Texas Health Denton is an affiliate of Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States.

For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Denton.

About Go Red for Women
Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement, created by women, for women, dedicated to uncovering the truth about women and heart disease: heart disease can kill you or a woman you love. With more women dying of cardiovascular disease than all forms of cancer combined, we are committed to fighting this No. 1 killer that is preventable. For more information please visit GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278). The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement is nationally sponsored by Macy’s and Merck & Co., Inc, with additional support from our cause sponsors.