Dia de Vestido Rojo (Day of the Red Dress) 2018

Submitted by Dr. Janice Sullivan 

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every 80 seconds! In addition, Hispanic women are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than Caucasian women. The good news is that 80% of heart disease and stroke events may be prevented by lifestyle changes and education.

The motivation behind the GoRed for Women campaign is to educate and advocate for heart disease prevention in women. Similarly, the Dia de Vestido Rojo event is an annual event that seeks to promote heart health among Spanish speaking women. The February 10 conference was chaired by Ms. Luz Mouton and was held at Rice University. San Jacinto College was represented by Dr. Janice Sullivan, CPD Dean of Community Education, and Laura Martinez, CPD Outreach Coordinator.

The Dia de Vestido Rojo conference featured a powerful testimonial from a stroke survivor and expert advice from two renowned cardiologists. Mrs. Veronica Sanchez shared her dramatic experience from having suffered two strokes in one evening! She taught the audience that stroke and heart attack symptoms can be different in women, than in men. Veronica explained that symptoms are often misunderstood, as they can resemble a stomach virus. As a result, many women delay seeking medical treatment and precious minutes are lost. The keynote speaker was the cardiologist Dr. Juan Esteban Gomez. He provided some startling statistics that connected the dots between diet, exercise, lifestyle, and heart disease. Dr. Gomez quipped that exercising five days a week is not enough. Just as one would never plan to spend a day without eating, one should never plan to spend a day without exercising

February is heart health month, and the CPD Community Education Center at Central campus (C-1.108) is featuring a Healthy Heart Workshop in collaboration with Legacy Community Health. The workshop will take place on Tuesday, Feb 20. You are invited to join us for an hour of vital health information and free blood pressure screenings. FREE Healthy snacks and giveaways will also be available.