Schuitmaker hosts American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women event at State capitol

For Immediate Release
Jan. 30, 2014

Contact: Derek Sova
517-373-0793 

LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker has once again teamed up with the American Heart Association and fellow legislators to raise awareness about the dangers of heart disease. 

Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, and Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton, D-Huntington Woods, co-hosted the Go Red for Women event at the Capitol on Thursday and sponsored resolutions in both the state Senate and House of Representatives proclaiming February as American Heart Month and February 7 as Go Red Day in Michigan.

“Over the past 10 years, more than 600,000 lives have been saved thanks to the Go Red for Women movement,” said Schuitmaker. “I'm proud to partner with them to raise awareness about the dangers of heart disease and to get the message out that it can be prevented.”

The American Heart Association and its volunteers work every day with state legislatures in fighting cardiovascular diseases. The work is aimed at helping those who are at risk as well as improving the lives of Americans suffering from heart disease and stroke. Ultimately, the goal is to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. 

“It is an honor to stand with my fellow legislators and raise awareness about an issue that affects so many Michigan women,” said Lipton. “Heart disease is an issue that touches all of us.”

One Michigan woman who has been touched by heart disease is cardiac nurse and heart disease survivor Annette Scibberas of Dearborn. Scibberas is a 2014 national Go Red for Women spokesperson and Thursday she shared her personal story of being born with a congenital heart defect and later being diagnosed with “broken heart syndrome,” a type of cardiomyopathy caused by extreme stress. 

An estimated 8 million women in the U.S. are living with heart disease, yet only one in six women believe that heart disease is their greatest health threat. In fact, 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.

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 the next three causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer, we are committed to fighting this No. 1 killer that is preventable. GoRedForWomen.org, a premier source of information and education, connects millions of women of all ages and gives them tangible resources to turn personal choices into life-saving actions. We encourage women and the men who love them to embrace the cause. 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.