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Feb 10, 2014
First Lady Jindal Announces Governor’s Mansion Going Red for Heart Health Month

BATON ROUGE – First Lady Supriya Jindal announced that the Governor’s Mansion has gone red TODAY, February 10th through February 16th as a part of Heart Health Month, the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign, Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week, … and for Valentine’s Day! More than 787,000 people in the U.S. died from heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases in 2010. That’s about one of every three deaths in America.  This year marks the sixth year in a row that the Mansion will be lit red to highlight the impact of cardiovascular disease on all citizens, but particularly on women and children.

First Lady Supriya Jindal said, “Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States and kills approximately one woman every minute. Additionally, one out of every 100 infants is born with a congenital heart defect. These staggering statistics are why it is essential to live a healthy lifestyle and recognize the early warning signs of heart disease. While we highlight heart health this month, it is important to take preventative measures year round.”

Mrs. Jindal continued, “As we celebrate Valentine’s Day and are surrounded by the ones we love, we should take the opportunity to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease. By lighting the Governor’s Mansion red over Valentine’s Day, we hope to encourage all to not only pay attention to their own heart health, but to also encourage their loved ones to take preventive measures such as daily exercise, a healthy diet, and regular heart screenings.”

“Many forms of heart disease can be prevented or treated with healthy lifestyle choices.  Eating healthy foods, maintaining a healthy weight, managing stress and exercising are easy ways to positively impact your life,” said DHH Secretary Kathy Kliebert.  “Additionally, regular medical checkups lead to early detection and treatment, potentially saving lives.  Take control of your health by quitting smoking, controlling blood pressure, monitoring cholesterol and diabetes.  All of these measures can lead to a decrease in heart disease and a longer life.”

Additionally, 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. According to a recent scientific statement from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, high blood pressure, migraine with aura, atrial fibrillation, diabetes, depression and emotional stress are stroke risk factors that tend to be stronger or more common in women than in men.

“It is important for our community to realize that heart disease is the number one killer in our community,” says Linzy Cotaya, American Heart Association Communications Director. “By lighting buildings such as the Governor’s Mansion lighting red, we are increasing the awareness of this deadly disease. Through awareness, people are more educated about this issue and can seek preventative care. Together we can end heart disease.”

In addition to claiming the lives of women, according to the Louisiana Pediatric Cardiology Foundation, 40,000 children nationally are born with a heart defect each year. Director of Operations for the LPCF, Lori Smith said, “We are so honored to have Louisiana’s First Lady show her support for Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week. By raising awareness, we can help the hundreds of vulnerable children effected by heart disease in Louisiana each year!”

As we celebrate Valentine’s Day and Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day on February 14, let us remember to remind our loved ones to take advantage of the free services offered by the Louisiana Pediatric Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association, as well as many other organizations in our communities.

Warning Signs from the American Heart Association
It is important for women to know the early warning signs of a heart attach such as:
  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  • As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
Together to End Stroke Campaign
The heart association and stroke association have begun a campaign called “Together to End Stroke” to raise awareness that stroke is largely beatable and treatable. It emphasizes the acronym F.A.S.T., which are ways to identify if a person is having a stroke:
  • Face drooping. Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.
  • Arm weakness. Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • Speech difficulty. Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence like "The sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?
  • Time to call 911. If a person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 911 and get them to the hospital immediately.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke.  Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, our organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters working tirelessly to eliminate these diseases. We fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to save and improve lives.  To learn more, visit http://www.heart.org.

About the American Stroke Association
Created in 1997, the American Stroke Association is dedicated to prevention, diagnosis and treatment to save lives from stroke — America’s No. 4 killer and a leading cause of serious disability. We fund scientific research, help people better understand and avoid stroke, encourage government support, guide healthcare professionals and provide information to enhance the quality of life for stroke survivors. To learn more, call 1-888-4-STROKE or visit www.strokeassociation.org.

About Louisiana Pediatric Cardiology Foundation (LPCF)
Founded in 2001, the Louisiana Pediatric Cardiology Foundation (LPCF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families of children suffering from cardiac disease across south central Louisiana. LPCF provides grants for families to assist with transportation and living expenses during surgery, as well as emotional support groups for mothers of children with heart defects. In addition, LPCF offers free heart screens for high school athletes year round. To learn more, visit www.lpcf.com/‎

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