Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor's Mansion Lit in Red to Support Healthy Heart Campaign

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, February 14, 2006  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Jodi Whitaker
Troy Body

Heart disease is the number one killer in the commonwealth

FRANKFORT, Ky. - To show support for the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women campaign and to raise awareness to the importance of cardiovascular health the Governor's Mansion has been lit in red.

Governor's Mansion lit in redHeart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in Kentucky.

Accounting for nearly 30 percent of all deaths, cardiovascular disease kills more Kentuckians than the next six most common causes of death combined.

“Most women are unaware of the dangers of heart disease,” said First Lady Glenna Fletcher. “Therefore, they are unaware they are at risk.”

In Kentucky, the rate of women who died from heart disease is higher than the national rate. Kentucky ranked sixth in the nation for age-adjusted heart disease death rates among women. In addition, African American women have a higher death rate for heart disease compared to Caucasian women.  

"By lighting the Governor's Mansion I hope to draw attention to the seriousness of this disease," said First Lady Glenna Fletcher. "I want all Kentucky women to know and recognize the warning signs of heart disease and to become heart-healthy by eating healthily and exercising regularly."

The American Heart Association recommends preventive screenings, quitting smoking, healthy eating and routine exercise as necessary steps Kentuckians must take for good overall health. For more information contact the American Heart Association: or call 1-888-MY-HEART.