Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: May 5, 2011
Senators Judy Eason McIntyre, Kim David, Constance Johnson
and Susan Paddack wore
red Thursday in support of the American wHeart Association’s
Go Red for Women Day at the Capitol.
Members of the House and Senate along with other Capitol
staff joined Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb in
showing their support of the American Heart Association’s
Go Red for Women Day at the State Capitol.
Women senators Go Red in support of heart health in state
More women die of heart disease, stroke, and all other cardiovascular
disease than the next five leading causes of death combined, including
all cancers. For this reason, State Senators Kim David, Judy Eason-McIntyre,
Constance Johnson and Susan Paddack wore red Thursday to show their
support of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) efforts
to improve heart health and save lives in Oklahoma.
Participants came from all around the state to the AHA’s annual
Go Red for Women event at the State Capitol to visit with lawmakers
and raise awareness of the effects of Heart Disease and Stroke on
women, especially in the state.
“Diagnosis of heart disease presents a greater challenge in
women than in men. Awareness of early symptoms in women needs to
be heightened as one-third of women do not know that heart disease
is the number one killer of women,” alarms Marilyn Davidson,
Government Relations Director for the American Heart Association.
After suffering a family loss to cardiovascular disease, Sen. David
stressed the importance of people educating themselves about the
“This is a wonderful event. I’m all too aware of how
devastating this disease can be. I lost my mother to heart disease
at the age of 52 and I'm very concerned about the heath of women
in the state of Oklahoma,” said David, R-Porter. “A
woman dies every minute from heart disease; and sadly most of those
deaths could be prevented through proper nutrition and exercise.
That’s why educational programs like the Go Red for Women
campaign are so important.”
In 2007, Oklahoma had the 4th highest death rate from cardiovascular
disease in the country.
With a family history of heart disease, Sen. Eason McIntyre encouraged
Oklahomans, especially those in the black community, to take control
of their health.
“Nearly 12,000 Oklahomans died from heart disease and stroke
in 2007. That is mind boggling and unacceptable,” said Eason
McIntyre, D-Tulsa. “As an African American woman, I’m
especially disturbed by trends in my community which suffer from
the highest rates of cardiovascular disease nationally making up
nearly half of all cases. We must educate ourselves as well as our
family and friends. This disease can be prevented with simply healthy
According the AHA, nationally over 47 percent of black women and
nearly 45 percent of black men suffered from cardiovascular disease
in 2007 compared to less than 34 percent of white females and 37
percent of white males.
Sen. Johnson, who was the 2008 national Ambassador for the Power
to End Stroke Awareness Campaign, went on to discuss the prevalence
of stroke in the state.
“Stroke is the third leading cause of death in our country,
killing more than 150,000 Americans each year and approximately
2,200 Oklahomans. It’s also the leading cause of adult disabilities
in our state because people don’t recognize the signs of stroke
quick enough to prevent permanent physical and mental damage,”
said Johnson, D-Oklahoma County. “I’ve worked hard trying
to help raise awareness in my community as African Americans are
twice as likely to have strokes as European Americans, and they’re
also more likely to die from them. Education is key to putting an
end to these senseless deaths.”
Johnson praised the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s
creation of the Act FAST! campaign to educate citizens about the
disease. FAST! stands for Face droop, Arm drift down, Speech Slurred
and Time to call 911.
The AHA kicks off its nationwide campaign with Wear Red Day each
year on the first Friday in February. Being that the state Legislature
is not in session then Oklahoma affiliates hold their Capitol event
during Mother’s Day week.
“Being that cardiovascular disease kills more women than any
other disease, it’s only fitting to have this special educational
event during the week when we’re focused on those women in
our lives that we love the most,” said Paddack, D-Ada. “Give
the special women in your life the gift of knowledge - educate them
about their risk and how they can prevent cardiovascular disease
and celebrate many more happy Mother’s Days.”
To learn more about the Go Red for Women campaign, heart disease
and stroke, visit www.GoRedForWomen.org.
For more information, contact:
Sen. David: (405) 521-5590
Sen. Eason: (405) 521-5598
Sen. Johnson: (405) 521-5531
Sen. Paddack: (405) 521-5541