Go Red for Women Event Focuses on Female Heart Heath

Desert Valley Hospital and the American Heart Association (AHA) brought attention to the risk of heart disease in women on February 20 at the Mall of Victor Valley. Go Red for Women was held at the Mall of Victor Valley on February 28. Nationally sponsored by Macy’s, the event offered a heart health walk, speakers, doc talk, health screenings. and an information vendor fair. Brisa Alfaro, who recovered from a stroke she had two years ago at age 33, told her emotional story of overhearing her doctors say that she would never be move again from the neck down. Through sheer will and hard work, she has made a good recovery with a few minor problems still to overcome. Rosanne Weathers, Desert Valley Hospital Marketing Director, thanked all of the sponsors, staff and volunteers who made the event a success. A fashion show by Macy’s included models who had survived heart health issues, from small children to grown ups. The event was developed by the American Heart Association to bring attention to the fact that it is not just a man’s disease. One in three women die of heart disease or stroke, and the organization strives to educate women on signs, symptoms and prevention. Many women are either unaware of the symptoms or may mistake their symptoms as other causes. For AMA information, visit or call 1-800-AHA-USA1. Another heart health awareness event is the Block Walk happening on April 8, at Desert Valley Charitable Foundation, starting at 9 a.m. For more information, about heart health, the Block Walk or Desert Valley Medical Group call (760) 241-8000.

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