'Cardiac Arrest' raises awareness of heart disease

October 21 2008

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Heart disease doesn't affect just older people or men. It can strike women and younger adults as well. Consider these facts:

* Cardiovascular diseases kill more women than all forms of cancer, chronic lung disease, pneumonia, diabetes, accidents, and AIDS combined.
* More than one out of five women have some form of cardiovascular disease.
* Heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases have killed more women than men every year since 1984. Among women with heart disease and stroke, the death rates are highest for African-American women.
* Heart disease is the third leading cause of death for people ages 18-24.

Indiana State University is raising awareness of heart disease in women with screenings, fundraising and a visit by Indiana first lady Cheri Daniels.

Two sororities, Chi Omega and Zeta Phi Beta, will raise money for a local not-for-profit by having Sycamore Sam bring in two high profile members of the ISU community beginning this week and have the campus community raise money for their release. Faculty, staff and students can contribute to their rescue fund from 11a.m.- 1 p.m. in the Commons beginning Oct. 27.

Daniels will discuss her Heart to Heart initiative with Indiana State faculty, staff and students beginning at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3 in Hulman Memorial Student Union, Dede I. Free health screenings will be provided, beginning at 3 p.m, in the Gallery Lounge.

Participants can get their glucose and cholesterol checked by the Indiana Heart Hospital. Indiana State nursing students will conduct blood pressure screenings while dietetics students will be checking body mass and waist circumference.

The screenings and the program are open to the general public. Daniels lost her mother to heart disease, which brings this issue close to home.

Heart to Heart is designed to educate young women about the risk factors of heart disease and heart-healthy habits for preventing heart disease. The initiative encourages women to lead by example and share their knowledge by having heart-to-heart conversations with the women they love.

The Heart to Heart program is sponsored by the Office of Indiana's First Lady. Daniels' visit is being sponsored by Indiana State's Office of the President.

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Contact: Carmen Tillery, dean of students, (812) 237-8111

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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ISU hosting first lady Cheri Daniels Nov. 3

Indiana State University is raising awareness of heart disease in women with screenings, fundraising and a visit by Indiana first lady Cheri Daniels.

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