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Vidant Health is spreading The Heart Truth across eastern North Carolina with national guest speaker Zonya Foco

February 15, 2012 by Carissa D. Etters

GREENVILLE - Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and people in eastern North Carolina are at high risk. In celebration of American Heart Month, Vidant Health invites women to learn more about heart disease, risk factors and what to do to improve heart health.

Here are some facts, according to The Heart Truth:

  • One in four women dies of heart disease in the United States each year, while one in 30 women dies of breast cancer.
  • 23 percent of women will die one year after having a heart attack.
  • Within six years of having a heart attack, 46 percent of women become disabled with heart failure.
  • About two-thirds of women who have a heart attack fail to make a full recovery.

 

Featured Speaker: Zonya Foco

As an author, TV host and national speaker, Zonya Foco’s boundless energy, visual humor, and down-to-earth approach to lifelong health resonate with women of all ages. She inspires, entertains and drives home the message that, when it comes to heart health and nutrition, one good habit after the other packs a lot of power for positive change.

Foco will speak at six events across the eastern region. Heart healthy refreshments or meals will be served at each event. Local physicians will also share information about heart disease in women. Each participant will receive a free “Red Dress Kit”. Each event is free, but space is limited and registration is required. Transportation is provided for some events. Event schedule attached below.

About The Heart Truth

In 2012, The Heart Truth marks a decade of commitment to women's heart health. During February's American Heart Month, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) reaffirms its commitment to increasing awareness about heart disease among women and helping women take steps to reduce their own personal risk of developing heart disease.

This national campaign is building awareness of women's heart disease and empowering women to reduce and prevent their risk. It is reaching women with important heart health messages in community settings through a diverse network of national and grassroots partner organizations.

For more information about women and heart disease, including materials such as The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women and fact sheets about women and heart disease, please visit http://www.hearttruth.gov or call the NHLBI Health Information Center at 301-592-8573.

Media interested in covering any of the events should contact Carissa Etters; contact information above.

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