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County Executive Teams up with Commission for Women to Fight Heart Disease

Event at Pascal Center theme is ‘Age Strong! Live Long!’

Annapolis, MD (April 23, 2010) - County Executive John R. Leopold today urged women in Anne Arundel County to attend an important event aimed at fighting heart disease on May 11.

"Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women in the United States," County Executive Leopold said. "Long thought of as primarily affecting men, it is now known that this malady - including heart disease, hypertension, and stroke - also affects a substantial number of women. Awareness, early detection and prevention are the keys to living a long, healthy life."

Marilyn Smedberg-Gobbett, heart attack survivor and the founder of WomenHeart, the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, will be a featured speaker at the Anne Arundel County Commission for Women’s Healthy Heart Program for Senior Women at the Pascal Senior Center. Ms. Smedberg-Gobbett is dedicated to educating, advocating and supporting women through her work with WomenHeart.

The event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the center located at 125 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie. MD 21061. May is Older Americans Month and this year’s theme is "Age Strong! Live Long!"

This fun and informative evening will include exhibitors from local hospitals and health care providers. Bring your questions and wear something red. Light refreshments will be provided. There is no cost to participate but advance registration is requested. Call the Pascal Center at 410-222-6680 to sign-up. The registration deadline is May 4.

The 2007 statistics in the most recent Anne Arundel County Department of Health Report Card indicate that heart disease remains one of the leading causes of death in Anne Arundel County. Health care for women is one of the primary focus areas for the Anne Arundel County Commission for Women because access to information and awareness programs can help to reduce risk factors.


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