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Join Us in Missoula on February 19th

 

On February 19th, 2016, American Heart Association of Missoula is hosting the Annual Go Red For Women Luncheon. The Luncheon is designed dispel myths and raise awareness of heart disease as the number one killer of women. The Luncheon will focus on educating, honoring survivors, and inspiring lifestyle changes.

February’s event, to be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton, will feature a program highlighting local survivors who will share their experiences to break the stereotypes around heart disease.  Keynote speaker Joey Traywick, R.N., will motivate, educate and provide tools to help guests take control over their health no matter how busy their lives.

The American Heart Association is determined to break gender inequality in heart related research. Funding from Go Red For Women Missoula will help increase gender-specific research which will help close the gap in information physicians need to treat women. Currently, only 24% of participants in heart-related research are women.

We are hard at work across the state of Montana with a focus on identify gaps that lead to slower and less effective cardiac patient care. A generous grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust, Mission: Lifeline is helping healthcare providers to close those gaps through changes in protocols.

Maureen Buke will share her story of survival. Maureen suffered from a STEMI heart attack in Stevensville, MT days before the local emergency service was granted a 12-lead. While Maureen did not benefit from the life-saving equipment, she is thankful for the program that now covers 98% of the state:

“My community now has one. I am so thrilled as now many lives will be saved through this generous gift. If the ambulance would have had one last year when I started having problems, I probably would not have had a heart attack and my story would be much different.” 

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