Heart disease is a serious illness that can affect anybody. Hispanic women are particularly susceptible to it, because heart disease is the number one cause of death for them, according to the American Heart Association. In addition, only one in three Hispanic women are aware of how much of a threat heart disease is to them.
The American Heart Association’s “Go Red Por Tu Corazon” campaign is aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles for Hispanic women. Its main purpose is to prevent factors that can cause heart disease and strokes like obesity, high cholesterol levels, high blood sugar levels and high blood pressure.
The campaign’s signature event “Vestido Rojo,” or “red dress” is this Saturday, Apr. 28 at the Doubletree by Hilton Denver (3203 Quebec St. in Denver). The event begins at 8 a.m. throuth 1 p.m.
Those who are attending the event will be able to receive free health screenings, receive education about heart disease, and they can visit exhibitors who will have information about local health initiatives. Vestido Rojo will also hold a luncheon that will feature entertainment and heart health information.
“There’s going to be a survivor story from a woman who has had issues with heart disease. Everything will be in English, or Spanish. There are physical activity breaks. We have a panel discussion with four different doctors, talking about different heart related information. The main topic that they’re talking about is multigenerational health and being an advocate for their own health. We’ll have a key note speaker who will talk about heart related issues,” Sanya Andersen-Vie said. Andersen-Vie is the communications director for the American Heart Association in Colorado.
Right now, the event is completely full, and the American Heart Association is expecting around 700 people at Vestido Rojo. This year marks the fifth year in a row that the American Heart Association has put on the event. Andersen-Vie encourages people who are interested in learning more about this year’s event to visit www.denvervestidorojo.heart.org^. The website will also update information about next year’s Vestido Rojo event.
“People should really look forward to this event because it is educational, but it is also really fun. It is a really fun way to learn about women’s heart health and stroke. It is a really great way to connect to your community. We want the tables (at the event) to have lively discussions and to really talk about what they are learning,” Andersen-Vie said.
La Voz is a proud sponsor of this event.