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The fight against heart disease gets personal via American Heart Association’s Circle of Red

Heart disease kills one woman – a wife, daughter, sister, mother, friend - every minute. In San Diego, heart disease and stroke kills more than 3,000 women annually. Despite the severity of the problem, a majority of women don’t realize that heart disease is their major health threat.

The American Heart Association is committed to raising awareness about heart disease in women and reducing the toll cardiovascular disease takes on women and their families. This commitment is the center of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign and the Circle of Red.

Go Red for Women celebrates the energy, passion and power that comes from a community effort to band together and wipe out heart disease. The campaign is part of the American Heart Association’s commitment to reducing death and disability caused by heart disease and stroke.

Circle of Red is a key ingredient to the campaign’s success. Circle of Red is an elite group of men and women who have made a personal commitment to help find a cure for heart disease, America’s number one killer. Circle of Red members provide a financial contribution to the American Heart Association and receive several benefits including tickets and VIP seating at the 2011 Go Red for Women Luncheon.

“This group of women and men not only help raise awareness about women’s heart health in San Diego, but they also have the opportunity to network, learn more about heart disease and stroke, and learn what they can do in their community to make a difference in the fight,” said Dr. Susan Mahler, co-chair of San Diego’s 2011 Circle of Red.

San Diego’s Circle of Red includes Circle of Red co-chairs Joanne Wang and Dr. Susan Mahler. “This year’s goal is to secure 20 people who share a passion to increase awareness about women’s heart issues, raise vital funds for research that will provide cures for cardiovascular diseases, and create an opportunity for women (and men) who are passionate about saving lives to come together for a common cause,” Mahler said.

Mahler, who had a heart transplant in June 2010, is living proof that progress is being made.

“If not for the medical advances seen over the past 20 years, I would not be here. The transplant never could have occurred if not for the medical breakthroughs that got me to that point. I am here because of American Heart Association-funded research and am doing all I humanly can to make sure others have that opportunity,” Mahler said.

To learn more, visit www.heart.org/sandiegogored or call 858-410-3850. The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign is brought to you nationally by Macy’s (NYSE: M) and Merck (NYSE: MRK). San Diego’s 2011 Go Red For Women Luncheon is presented by the UCSD Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center.

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