Go Red for Women was held at the Mall of Victor Valley on February 28. Nationally sponsored by Macy’s, the event offered a heart health walk, speakers, doc talk, health screenings. and an information vendor fair.
Brisa Alfaro, who recovered from a stroke she had a year ago at age 33, told her emotional story of being told by doctors that she would never be able to move from the neck down, and how she worked hard to recover.
Rosanne Weathers, Marketing Director for Desert Valley Hospital, spoke about losing her mother, who was just 52 when she collapsed in the parking lot at her work, and died of a heart attack before reaching the hospital, with no warning signs or family history of heart disease.
A fashion show included models who had survived heart health issues, including Sarah who suffered heart failure. and little Emma, now age 2-1/2, who had heart surgery when she was just 28 days old.
Doctors Siva and Cernilla gave heart healthy tips to a large audience of mostly women.
The event was developed by the American Heart Association to bring attention to the fact that it is not just a man’s disease. One in three women die of heart disease or stroke, and women must learn it can be prevented.
Some simple, inspiring tips to live a heart-healthy life include replacing your office chair with an exercise ball, calling a friend to relieve stress, and eating a high-fiber diet to reduce your risk of heart disease, according to the AMA website.
Many women are either unaware of the symptoms to pay attention to or may attribute their symptoms as due to other causes.
Another heart health awareness event is the Block Walk happening on April 10, at Desert Valley Charitable Foundation, starting at 9 a.m.
The co-sponsor with Desert Valley Medical Group is Inter Valley Health Plan. For more information, about heart health, or the Block Walk call Desert Valley Medical Group at (760) 241-8000, ext. 8568.