Tuesday 17 October 2017

Ladies in red raise awareness of number one killer for women

Kathryn Thomas and Norah Casey Photo: Steve Humphreys
Kathryn Thomas and Norah Casey Photo: Steve Humphreys

Rachel Lavin

Head to toe in red, some of Ireland's leading ladies stepped out in style yesterday at the launch of Red Alert, a campaign designed to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease.

About one-third of women in Ireland will die from cardiovascular disease, but many women still view a heart attack as mainly a man's problem.

Dr Angie Brown, medical director of the Irish Heart Foundation and consultant cardiologist, said: "Most women are more concerned about breast cancer even though six times as many women die from heart disease and stroke in Ireland each year."

Red Alert ambassador Norah Casey said: "Heart disease is one of the few largely preventable diseases and we hold the key to heart health in our hands - we just need to use it."

Irish Independent

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