'Go Red for Women' campaign brings attention to heart disease

Hundreds of women don red for the annual Go Red for Women luncheon. #GoRedSyracuse

Hundreds of women packed a room full of red at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool, to bring attention to the number one killer of women -- heart disease.

The annual Go Red for Women Luncheon helps our local chapter of the American Heart Association raise awareness about heart disease, which causes one in three deaths among women.

If it hasn't already, it will likely touch someone you know.

Many women don't know they're at risk.

The American Heart Association says about 50-percent of women wouldn't be able to tell whether they're experiencing symptoms of a stroke or heart attack.

While they may be able to detect whether something is "off" in a man, they may write off their own symptoms as being reactions to stressors in their busy lives.

Symptoms in women are quiet.


It could be a pain in the neck, a shoulder, a pressure in the chest, just an uneasy feeling. A simple tiredness could be an indicator

," says Anne Messenger, the 2013 Chairperson of the Go Red for Women Campaign. "We're too busy; 'We got to pick up the kids, go shopping, got to go away, just too busy.' We have to pay attention."

In ten years, the Go Red for Women movement has helped save more than 650,000 lives.

Locally, it's raised $210,000 for the American Heart Association this year.

New this year, men may also get involved. They may join the "Red Tie Society" as a means to show support, which works very much like the Circle of Red.

Our own Lisa Spitz, and Amy Robbins of 93Q served as emcees.