Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo's Communications Office
Lieutenant Governor Mongiardo and First Lady Beshear Urge Kentuckians to stay Heart Healthy: Celebrating February as Heart Health Month

Press Release Date:  Thursday, January 31, 2008  
Contact Information:  Jeff Derouen

In conjunction with the American Heart Association, Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo and First Lady Jane Beshear are joining together to address the issue of Cardiovascular Disease by recognizing National Heart Health Month and, tomorrow, February 1st, as “Go Red for Women’s Heart Health” Day. On this day, by wearing to work your favorite red shirt or tie, red dress “Go Red for Women” awareness pin or any red item you own, you will be helping to bring attention to the dangers and prevalence of heart disease.

Across Kentucky, 41 of our citizens are lost each and every day to Cardiovascular Diseases. Women are especially affected. Many would be surprised to learn that they suffer from cardiovascular complications at a much higher rate than men: almost one Kentucky woman dies each hour from such diseases and—contrary to popular belief—more women are impacted by Cardiovascular Diseases than breast cancer. Currently, it is the number one killer of women across America.

“Through my experience as a doctor in Eastern Kentucky and across the Commonwealth, it is time all citizens recognize the importance of taking care of their hearts. In recent years, women have been especially impacted, which is why Women’s Heart Health Day is such an important event,” said Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo.

“Many times, women are under the impression they are not affected by Cardiovascular Diseases,” said First Lady Jane Beshear. “This is why Heart Health Month is such a great service for women across the state and nation: it brings to the forefront a pressing issue and encourages many women to take control of their own health.”

From Paducah to Prestonsburg, by demonstrating your support of this imperative cause by wearing red on February 1st and spreading the facts about heart health, we can—together—begin taking steps towards reducing the unfortunate prevalence of Cardiovascular Diseases.