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10 years of changing hearts

Go Red for Women: A decade of achievement

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A heartfelt celebration I By Angela Parker For Custom Publications

f you were asked to name a wellknown man with heart disease, who comes to mind? Bill Clinton? Larry King? Dick Cheney? Now think of a woman in the same circumstance. Names are harder to come up with, primarily because heart disease isn’t well known as a woman’s health problem. For 10 years, the American Heart Association has been working to change that perception with its Go Red For Women campaign. Locally, St.Vincent Health has been part of the effort every step of the way. “When people think about St.Vincent, they think excellence in heart care,” said Darcy Burthay, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer for St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital and chair of the 2014 Go Red For Women initiative. “It just made sense to take the lead in Burthay the Go Red movement. We felt it was our responsibility because heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. We want the community to know that we are committed.” With support from local businesses, banks and health care systems, Indianapolis’ annual Go Red For Women Luncheon has become one of the largest in the country, attracting more than 1,000 guests. “Go Red For Women is about all of us pulling together to make our community aware of the impact heart disease has on women,” Burthay said. “It’s encouraging when competitive businesses can collaborate on behalf of the community’s health.”

“The work St.Vincent has done on our behalf has been nothing short of amazing. St.Vincent has supported Go Red For Women since it launched in 2004. Four different St.Vincent executives have chaired our Indianapolis Go Red For Women Luncheon. And based on the leadership they’ve provided, it’s no coincidence that Indianapolis stands as one of our top five luncheons in attendance and top 10 in revenue. Those rankings are all the more impressive if you consider that Indianapolis is a midsize market.” — Nancy Brown, CEO, American Heart Association

You’ve come a long way, baby

The phrase “You’ve come a long way, baby” was popularized in the 1960s, thanks to a cigarette commercial aimed at young women. Go Red For Women — the antithesis of cigarette ads — could easily use that phrase to describe increased awareness of women’s heart health over the last decade. For one thing, the stereotype of the tubby, middle-aged male heart attack victim has gotten a makeover. In fact, heart disease can creep up on anyone of any gender or age. In young women, for example, smoking and using oral contraceptives is a dangerous combination. “It’s a paradigm shift to realize that heart disease also affects women,” said Richard Fogel, MD, a cardiologist and CEO of St.Vincent Medical Group. “It might even be more dangerous because they don’t realize what’s happening.” In the past, it was Fogel accepted that a heart attack was a heart attack whether it happened to a man or a woman. Today, doctors know that a woman’s heart attack may look very different from a man’s. “Sometimes other diagnoses were considered because the symptoms weren’t classic for heart disease,” Fogel said. “A woman who has never been sick, coming in with indigestion or fatigue, may in fact have heart disease. Now we know to rule

out or diagnose heart disease and apply the therapies just as we would in men with a similar condition.”

What’s the difference?

Go Red For Women targets heart disease awareness, prevention and women’s symptoms. Prevention is similar for both sexes: eat right, exercise, lose weight and don’t smoke. But the symptoms can vary. Classic heart attack symptoms are the same: chest tightness or pressure and pain in the chest, neck, jaw, arms or back. Yet women are more likely to experience symptoms that could be mistaken or ignored. In fact, many report having symptoms up to a month before a heart attack. Other signs may include: ♥ Unusual fatigue. ♥ Sleep disturbances. ♥ Shortness of breath. ♥ Nausea or indigestion. ♥ Lightheadedness. ♥ Anxiety. If you have any of these signs, don’t wait. Call 911 and get to a hospital quickly. “Heart disease is a modifiable disease, not a predestination,” Fogel said. “It starts when you’re young and presents with symptoms when you’re older. You have to stop it before the symptoms happen. “But to fix a problem, you have to be aware of it. Go Red For Women has been critically important in that awareness.” ●

Lives have been saved. • About 650,000 women have been saved from cardiovascular diseases. • Deaths from cardiovascular disease have decreased by 32%. The grassroots movement has grown substantially. • The number of women completing the Go Red Heart CheckUp has grown from 127,227 to 1,974,987. • The number of annual Go Red local luncheons and events has grown from 65 to 185. Gender-specific guidelines have been developed to help prevent and treat heart disease. • More physicians are recognizing that women’s symptoms may differ. Through better screenings and treatments, lives are being saved. Lifestyle risk factors have improved. • The number of people who smoke has decreased 15.9%. • Cholesterol has decreased 18.1% for >240 and 6.8% for >200. • The number of people who achieve the recommended amount of physical activity has increased 23.9%. Heart health has improved in registered Go Red For Women participants. • Nearly 90 % have made at least one healthy change. • 37% have lost weight. • 54% are getting more exercise. • Six-in-10 are eating healthier foods. • 43% have checked their cholesterol levels. • One-third have talked with a doctor to develop heart-healthy plans. Diversity challenges have been targeted. • 48.9 % of adult African-American women have cardiovascular disease. • Hispanic women likely will develop heart disease 10 years earlier than Caucasian women. • Awareness that heart disease is the top cause of death has nearly doubled among Hispanic women and tripled among black women. • Targeted educational efforts have been launched to improve health and increase awareness. Gender-specific research challenges have been identified. • Just 24 % of participants in all heartrelated studies are female. • Until now, three-fourths of cardiovascular clinical trials did not report results by gender. • Research is showing differences in women’s symptoms and responses to medications. Source: American Heart Association

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Activism after tragedy By Karen Murray For Custom Publications


n June 2001, Jennifer Dodds was just 21 years old. The personable IUPUI student was working a summer job and preparing to transfer to Indiana University’s Bloomington campus. Her parents, Reyna and Jim Dodds of Carmel, describe her as an animal lover with an outgoing personality. “Jenny was always active, involved in dancing and soccer, and she never complained much,” Reyna said.

First signs

“A few months before her death, Jenny became lethargic,” her mother said. “She was checked by our family doctor, who found high blood pressure.” Jenny began taking medication to control the issue, but the severe fatigue continued. “She said she was very tired, even when she walked her dog,” Reyna said. Weeks later, Jenny experienced heart palpitations. She was referred to a cardiologist, who found nothing unusual.

necessary,” Jim said. “They didn’t admit her, and we brought her home that afternoon.” The Dodds contacted a family friend, who referred them to a second cardiologist. An appointment was set for the following week. The next morning, Jim got up to prepare his daughter’s favorite meal: breakfast burritos. The family ate together at 8 a.m. Just one hour later, Jenny went into cardiac arrest. “She was in the basement with her puppy, and we heard the puppy crying,” Reyna said. “We went downstairs and found her. We called 911 for an ambulance, but when they came to the house, they couldn’t revive her.” The autopsy revealed that two of Jenny’s coronary arteries were blocked nearly 100 percent.

Lingering questions

The Dodds replay the sequence of events and wonder what steps could have altered the outcome. What if Jenny had been transported to the emergency room by ambulance? Ambulance personnel are trained to recognize cardiac distress. What if they’d insisted on a complete cardiovascular workup at the emergency room?

Fateful Friday

Early on Friday, June 15, Jenny called her mother at work. “She told me she was having neck pain, back pain and arm pain and more palpitations,” Reyna recalled. “I asked if she wanted me to send an ambulance to the house, but she said no, that she’d have a neighbor drive her to the hospital.” Jenny’s parents met her there at Jennifer Dodds the emergency department, where a diagnosis of anxiety was made. The family wasn’t convinced. “I asked for tests to check for a heart attack, but they said it wasn’t

What if she’d been admitted for further testing? Would new echocardiograms, which use ultrasound to show moving pictures of arteries, have revealed the blockages? Would tests for cholesterol and hormone levels have exposed useful information about Jenny’s heart?

Know the facts

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death for women in America. The Dodds encourage women of all ages and their loved ones to know these signs: ♥ Pain or a squeezing feeling in the chest. ♥ Discomfort in the upper body. Women may feel pain in the upper back, neck or jaw.

♥ Arm pain. Jenny felt pain in her left arm. While the heart is located on the left side, heart-related pain can occur in either arm. ♥ Palpitations. ♥ Dizziness. ♥ Stomach pain that mimics fullness or indigestion. ♥ Fatigue beyond ordinary tiredness. ♥ Shortness of breath. “At the hospital Jenny had said to us, ‘They may be doctors, but I know my body and something isn’t right,’” Jim said. Reyna urges women to challenge such situations. “When young women go to the emergency room, it’s assumed that some of these symptoms are due to drug abuse or misuse of medications,” she said. “We encourage women to listen to their bodies and be assertive. Get another opinion. Make sure someone is paying attention.” ●

Heart activism The American Heart Association has designated Friday, Feb. 7, as National Wear Red Day to spotlight heart disease in women. Nationwide, Go Red For Women Luncheons have been held annually since 2004. In Indianapolis, women can attend the luncheon on Friday, Feb. 21, at the JW Marriott. Hundreds of participants are expected, including Jim and Reyna Dodds Reyna and Jim Dodds of Carmel, whose daughter, Jennifer, died of heart disease in 2001 at age 21. “We’ve seen a lot of engagement in the Indianapolis community in American Heart Association events over the years,” Reyna said. “We walked our first Heart Walk after Jenny’s death,” Jim said. “That’s when we realized we needed to do more. We know that Jenny would want us to help save others.” The Dodds have led AHA Heart Walk activities, forming teams at work and hosting local fundraisers. They also have traveled to AHA chapters to share their family’s experience. Jenny’s story, which resonates with men and women of all ages, was featured in an AHA annual report and a public service announcement.

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Go Red For Women gets to the heart of the matter By Julie Young For Custom Publications


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Red Dress Dash

February is American Heart Month, and the American Heart Association will kick off the month in style by hosting its second annual Red Dress Dash on Monument Circle in front of Emmis Communications from 8 to 9 a.m. More than 100 participants are expected to walk or run the course — most wearing a red dress — to draw attention to heart health and take decisive action to live longer, healthier lives. “Last year was the first time we’ve done anything like this, and we were surprised at the reception we received,” said Patrice Hardy, a central Indiana ambassador for AHA. “Members of the Indianapolis Fire Department and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department came out to participate, and some of them even wore their wives’ dresses. They had pretty nice legs, too!” In the decade since the AHA launched Go Red For Women, the number of women who die each year from heart disease has decreased 32 percent. Plus, more women are choosing healthier lifestyles. A heart patient herself, Hardy said it’s important to spread the word that women must prioritize their own health. “Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. By participating in this fun, free event, people can show they care about defeating this ‘silent killer,’” she said.




National Wear Red Day

Friday, Feb. 7, marks the 11th annual National Wear Red Day — designated as such by the AHA to encourage people to wear red in support of the fight against heart disease and stroke. Every year, millions of people participate in National Wear Red Day, including national and local news anchors and celebrities.

Go Red for Women

Many women need help overcoming challenges to achieve and maintain good heart health. That’s where the annual Go Red for Women Luncheon comes in. Coming to Indianapolis Feb. 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the JW Marriott, the event is more than a meal. Attendees can take part in health screenings, cooking demonstrations, breakout sessions and makeovers. Other activities include a photo booth and health-focused vendors who can help guests make smart decisions in 2014. “I tell everyone to get there early and make the most of their day,” said Darcy Burthay, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer for St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital and this year’s event chair. Nearly 460,000 women die in the U.S. each year from heart disease, so it’s vital they make time to attend, Burthay said. Luncheon guests will hear inspiring stories of women who have defeated or are beating the life-threatening disease. “The Go Red For Women Luncheon helps women get to know themselves a little better. I think every woman should take the morning off and learn how to adopt a healthier lifestyle free of heart disease,” she said. For ticket information, visit ●

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Ask the expert

Indianapolis cardiologist shares the facts about CVD Battling back to inspire others By Lori Darvas For Custom Publications

Nearly one death a minute. Think about it. Statistically speaking, 30 women will die during your trip to and from the pharmacy. Sixty more will pass away while you watch “American Idol.” And if you’re fortunate enough to grab 8 hours of sleep tonight, another 480 women will close their eyes for the last time. Every day, heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases take the lives of thousands more women in the U.S.

Somber statistics

Cardiovascular diseases combine to kill more than 400,000 American women each year — nearly one death each minute, according to American Heart Association research. The number of women who die from these diseases outpaces all types of cancer death. And while Hoosier wives may admonish their husbands to go easy while shoveling snow, these same women likely don’t realize that they’re in the crosshairs of heart disease, too. The AHA reports that nearly two-thirds of women who die suddenly from heart disease have no symptoms. “Heart disease affects men and women in the same way, although women may have a high incidence of death when diagnosed, primarily because we catch it later,” said Nancy Branyas, MD, an Indianapolis cardiologist. “It may present as only shortness of breath or marked fatigue.” Below, learn more about heart disease in women — and, more important, how to beat Branyas the odds of a diagnosis.

Q: What is heart disease?

A: Heart disease is a catchall term for conditions caused by atherosclerosis, or the building up of plaque in the arteries. As plaque builds up, the arteries narrow, making it harder for the heart to pump blood through the body. Plaque can break off and a blood clot can form, blocking blood flow to the heart and starving the muscle. Clots also can block blood flow to the brain, leading to a stroke. Other heart ailments include heart valve problems, high blood pressure and irregular heartbeat. “I believe most women now understand that heart disease is their big killer. What’s most important now is to be sure that women understand they can do much to prevent

the development of atherosclerosis and modify their risk factors,” Branyas said.

Q: What are the risk factors for heart disease?

A: The risks fall into two main categories: factors that can be controlled, and ones that can’t. While a woman can’t change her family history or postmenopausal status, for example, she can learn more about heart disease and manage risky conditions, such as smoking, high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol and diabetes. “The combination of smoking and diabetes is the most dangerous for the development of a heart attack in both men and women,” Branyas said.

Q: What are the symptoms of heart disease?

A: Heart disease may be silent as it takes hold. Most people aren’t aware of their high blood pressure or cholesterol numbers until hearing a diagnosis. A heart attack can bring on symptoms, but it’s often not the stereotypical crushing chest pain that sends someone immediately to the hospital. Women in particular may experience vague but troublesome signs that can be ignored or rationalized away. They tend to be less likely to seek medical treatment, which will delay a diagnosis and usually contribute to a poorer outcome. Women also tend to feel chest pressure rather than pain, and they experience difficulty breathing — “almost like an elephant is sitting on your chest,” Branyas said. The pressure can radiate through the body to the mid-back, the left shoulder or even both jaws. These symptoms may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting or a general feeling of malaise. “These signs should bring women in to seek attention,” she said.

Q: How can women find out if they are at risk of heart disease?

A: Know your numbers, Branyas said. All women should be checked for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and blood sugar. Women should know their weight and body mass index. If any number is high, she should work with her doctor to get it under control quickly. The AHA’s Go Red for Women campaign provides a risk assessment tool at Locally, hospitals and health care centers can assess risk factors and help women put the odds in their favor. ●


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elody Jordan and her family never expected the heart attack that nearly killed her. Yes, the 53-year-old had been taking medication to control her blood pressure. And yes, Melody had a family history of heart problems: Her mother had coronary artery disease; her brother had a heart attack. Yet Melody herself appeared healthy and vibrant, and had just hosted her annual Fourth of July pool party for family and friends. The shocking health crisis arrived July 5, 2012.

Surviving the widow maker

Brittany Jordan, Melody’s daughter, was getting ready for bed at 11 p.m. Suddenly her dad, Chuck, cried out that her mother needed her now. Brittany dashed in to find Melody thrashing in excruciating pain. They called their family doctor and determined that they needed to get to the hospital right away. “It came out of left field,” Brittany said. “A heart attack should have been immediate in my mind, but there were no warning signs and I didn’t want to believe it. How could this be? She was so young, only 53 years old, and mom was fine just the day before.” Only Melody wasn’t fine. In fact, she was fortunate to be alive. Physicians told the family that Melody had suffered a devastating heart attack of the left coronary artery — a condition known in medical circles as the “widow maker.” This artery is crucial to the heart’s pumping activity. Failure most often is fatal. Nearly 90 percent of people who have this type of heart attack die in their sleep. But Melody’s family sought immediate medical attention, which made the difference in her recovery.

Surgery, then stroke

Within 24 hours, Melody was headed for open-heart surgery, where surgeons performed a bypass of the affected artery. Later, when Brittany was able to visit her mother in the intensive care unit, she discovered another issue: Her mother couldn’t squeeze her hand. Melody had suffered a major stroke to her left middle cerebral artery. And for the next week, she remained on a

ventilator in intensive care. “When she finally woke up, she kept trying to tell us something,” Brittany said. “We next found out she couldn’t use the right side of her body and had severe aphasia, or difficulty with speech and writing, both expressing and understanding.”

The long road back

Melody was transferred to the Indiana Heart Hospital for several weeks of treatment and then moved to Hook Rehabilitation Center at Community Hospital East for another month. Through daily inpatient therapy, followed by five months of outpatient rehab, Melody excelled in her quest to regain a full life. She relearned how to walk, communicate and drive. Before the stroke, she was righthanded. Today she uses her left hand for all tasks, even quilting. “Quilting has been her thing,” Brittany said. “She needs help cutting fabric and needs help with fine-motor movement, but she can sew a quilt.” Melody participates in support groups and has become involved with the aphasia community at Butler University. Students in the school’s Communication Sciences & Disorders program meet regularly with aphasia patients to provide speech therapy and teach communication techniques. Melody has difficulty speaking today, but she is loud and clear about the inspiration for her recovery. “Family, friends and church,” she said, all drove her to get better.

Heart-healthy living

Melody now does all she can to embrace a heart-healthy lifestyle. Before the attack, the Jordan family ate restaurant meals several times a week and rarely had healthy foods at home. Today she follows a low-sodium diet, eats healthier foods and has changed her cooking habits. Melody exercises regularly and walks more than a mile a day, a challenge given the stroke’s lasting physical effects. She even has acquired a walking buddy — a Labradoodle puppy named Barney. “My mom embraces what she has gone through and uses it to help others,” Brittany said. “It truly is a blessing to have her as a mother.” ●

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Real Women. Real Change. Local women inspire others to choose life By Deb Buehler For Custom Publications

effective strategies to keep off her newly lost weight.

Open-hearted observations

Eleven central Indiana women were recognized for their inspiring story of lifestyle changes.


he American Heart Association — the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization focused on heart disease and stroke — has a long history of turning discoveries into action. Ten years ago, the AHA learned that more women than men were dying of heart disease. In light of that discovery, the organization took action by creating Go Red For Women to help protect more people from heart disease. In the decade since then, Go Red For Women has saved more than 650,000 lives — a 32 percent decrease in the death rate. At the same time, real women have made significant life changes to reduce their personal and family risk of heart disease.

Real Indy women

Because heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S. — even above all forms of cancer — Go Red For Women continues to grow women’s knowledge of their own health and design effective strategies to reduce the likelihood of heart disease. Last October, AHA and its sponsor, UnitedHealthcare, sought nominations for central Indiana women to represent the 2014 Go Red For Women campaign. Hundreds were nominated, and 11 finalists were selected. Their goal as individuals and as a group is to inspire Hoosiers to choose a heart-healthy lifestyle. All 11 will be present at the annual Go Red for Women

Luncheon in Indianapolis on Friday, Feb. 21. The event also will feature free health screenings and vendor exhibits.

Recognizing the risks

Patti Noblet, RN, interim director of cancer care research for St.Vincent Health, was in her late 40s when high blood pressure crept up on her. By the time she was diagnosed, her blood pressure already had reached stroke levels. Noblet’s doctor began treating her with diuretics, with no Noblet improvement. Noblet had a family history of stroke — it took her grandmother’s life — and a lifelong battle with her weight. “I was really afraid because I had headaches every day,” she said. “I could do some things to try to make this better.” On the recommendation of a friend, Noblet joined a physician-monitored nonsurgical program to lose weight. Over time she lost up to 60 pounds, gained control of her blood pressure and eliminated her gastric reflux. “The program helped me meet my goal through behavior modification,” she said. “It helped me troubleshoot.” The program’s staff members inspired Noblet to make new eating decisions, including bypassing buffets. The team also encouraged her to exercise and find

Tammy Ditto, another nominee, has worked as a nurse for Franciscan St. Francis Health for 25 years. A patient care coordinator in the surgical intensive care unit, she is accustomed to seeing people who are challenged by heart disease. Overweight most of her life, Ditto knew she needed Ditto to make a change. When the hospital network offered a wellness program for employees, she jumped at the chance to reduce her risk of stroke and diabetes. At the beginning of the physiciansupervised program, Ditto learned she was in an early stage of diabetes. “I was pretty determined,” she said. “I just know it was what I had to do, and I had only one week the entire time when I didn’t lose weight. I lost 170 pounds by counting calories and exercise. At first, I went weekly and learned to make good choices for myself.” Ditto took advantage of inexpensive technology to support her weight loss. She uses a smartphone app to track exercise and calories burned. Another app helps her track calories consumed. “I’ve had a complete life transformation,” Ditto said. “I like to shop for clothes now — something I never did before.” ●

A little help from friends Patti Noblet and Tammy Ditto, both 2014 Go Red For Women honorees, say that supportive friends, families and co-workers were crucial as they made major changes to improve their health. Both women have daughters who inspired them to lose weight and reduce their risk of heart disease. “I wanted to see my three daughters graduate and get married,” said Ditto, a patient care coordinator in the surgical intensive care unit at Franciscan St. Francis Health. “I knew very clearly that I would be my own patient if I didn’t make changes. I was bound and determined that my kids would not be a statistic [by losing a parent to heart disease].” Noblet partnered with her daughter, Bailey, as well as other family members, friends and neighbors to create a network of workout and accountability partners. “Bailey works out with me. We walk together, share recipes and grocery shop together. We have ongoing accountability,” she said. “She is such a great support and inspiration for me.” A research educator for St. Vincent Health, Noblet knows that women have a significant impact on all members of their household. “People can lose weight, but most people gain it back,” she said. “I never feel overconfident because I know how hard it is. Once you get in the groove, every single day is a success.”

Heart disease and stroke are the greatest health threats to women of all ethnic backgrounds, but only 21 percent realize it. Talk to your doctor about how your age, race and heredity may affect your risk for heart disease.

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'Real Women. Real Change.' finalists

Eleven central Indiana women were selected as finalists of the American Heart Association’s inaugural “Real Women. Real Change.” program, presented by UnitedHealthcare. All 11 will participate in this month’s events, including the Red Dress Dash on Feb. 4 and the Go Red For Women Celebration on Feb. 21.


After watching her parents struggle with their health, Amber decided to end the generational cycle. She recently completed a half marathon and has lost more than 80 pounds in three years.


Melinda is an “army wife” who works full-time and raises three kids. She chose to get healthier for herself and her family. Melinda gave up fast food, drinks only water and works out frequently.

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Monica began With a family Three years her journey to history of ago Patti better health heart disease, joined a a year ago to Patrice chose weight-loss get in better to eat better program and shape for a and exercise dropped 50 vacation. She more. She pounds. She has since stuck with a strict diet changed her diet to include maintains her trimmer figure by and workout regimen, losing 35 more water and less sodium eating high-protein foods and pounds to date. and trans fats. Since June, she walking up to 5 miles a day. has lost 40 pounds.

Tammy has After years lost 170 of gaining pounds in the weight, last year by Tammy exercising and decided to eating better. undergo Her story has bariatric inspired her family and many weight loss surgery. Since others, and she’s thinking about the surgery, she has adopted becoming a health coach. healthy eating habits and works out twice a day, five days a week.

Yolonda is exercising more and eating better. She uses healthy recipes, better snacks and food substitutions. Yolonda already has dropped several sizes and is approaching her goal weight. —American Heart Association

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Erin Cassidy wants you to save a life By Jen Bingham For Custom Publications


rin Cassidy, 39, of Noblesville, is compelled to educate others about CPR and encourage them to use this lifesaving practice. After all, a stranger performed CPR when Cassidy herself was having a sudden cardiac arrest while dining at St. Elmo Steak House last June.

Busy restaurant, quiet moment

Cassidy was out celebrating the birthday of her partner, Steve Long. The memory is hazy, she said, because SCA causes some short-term memory loss. But she’s heard the story enough and has ghostlike memories that combine to paint a clear picture of the experience. “About three weeks before this occurred, I told Steve, ‘I’ve been having flutters in my heart. I just wanted you to know in case something happens,’” Cassidy said. Cassidy Still, she chalked it up to the stress of starting a new business – Life Balance Solutions, a concierge service for busy people. Plus, she had a history of mild arrhythmia, diagnosed in 2008. “It was a Saturday night and Indianapolis was hopping,” she recalled. “(The SCA) was a quiet moment in a busy restaurant. I didn’t slump over or anything. Steve asked me a question and looked at me. He saw my eyes were dark and I needed help.” At that point, a nurse from the next table took over, checking to see if Cassidy was choking. Another nearby nurse provided an EpiPen, which had no effect, and the first nurse began performing CPR. The restaurant was so well stocked with medical professionals that a doctor also stepped up to help, too. Cassidy was transported to Methodist Hospital, where she was diagnosed with SCA. The condition occurs when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. She was put into a medically induced coma to eliminate shivering while her body temperature was lowered, a process that reduces swelling and potentially

lowers the risk of brain damage. “The doctors didn’t know how long my brain had been without oxygen, so they didn’t know the extent of the damage,” she said. “I don’t know what I said when I revived, but it was something snarky and probably included some curse words, and everyone breathed a sigh of relief that I was back to myself.” Physicians installed an implantable cardioverter defibrillator before releasing her from the hospital. The device is intended to detect and correct cardiac arrhythmia. In the months since, Cassidy has slowly recovered.

This month, Cassidy launched an event called 96strong. On Jan. 18, she brought together 48 CPR dummies, On-Site Training & Service and 96 people. On-Site Training & Service, a CPR training company, is owned by Matt Bussard. “He’s incredible,” Cassidy said. “He’s a great guy committed to getting people trained. That’s why he’s about half the cost of other companies.” Recommended CPR techniques are easier than ever before, Cassidy said. She wants individuals to understand and feel comfortable with the procedure so they’re not intimidated if emergencies arise. And despite the fact that she was saved by strangers, loved ones are more likely to be close by when heart attacks happen. “I want someone I love to be able to save someone they love,” she said. ●

I want someone I love to be able to save someone they love.


Today Cassidy considers herself fortunate to have experienced cardiac arrest in a busy restaurant, where a number of patrons were trained in CPR. Many others are not so lucky. Immediate care is critical to survival, and Cassidy feels called to educate others about CPR. The American Heart Association reports that 360,000 cardiac arrests happen each year in the U.S. Only 9.5 percent of people survive when cardiac arrest occurs outside of a hospital. “I needed to do something. I have to do something. I felt like I was bumbling through life before it happened. My friends hate it when I say this, but I’m glad it happened,” she said. “It gave me a goal in life, which is to save one more person.”

What it means to

GO RED FOR WOMEN: G: Get your numbers

Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol.

O: Own your lifestyle

Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise and eat healthy. It’s up to you. No one can do it for you.

R: Realize your risk

We think it won’t happen to us, but heart disease kills one of three women.

E: Educate your family

Make healthy food choices for you and your family. Teach your kids the importance of staying active.

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Tell every woman you know that heart disease is our No. 1 killer. Raise your voice at

Compared to women without diabetes, women with diabetes have two to four times higher death rates from heart disease. A family history of diabetes can significantly increase the risk of developing diabetes.

At Roche, we know some of the biggest things in life start small. That’s why we support the American Heart Association (AHA) Teaching Garden – a hands-on program where Indianapolis kids can interact and learn the value of healthy eating. When we work with the students at Skiles Test Elementary School we’re not just growing tomatoes. With AHA, we’re growing Indiana’s next generation of heart health, one plant, one child, at a time. Roche and the American Heart Association:

Healthy Heart, Happy Life.

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♥ Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death among all women in the U.S. ♥ 1-in-3 women today dies from heart disease, stroke or another cardiovascular disease. ♥ These diseases kill more women than the next five top causes of death combined – including cancer. ♥ Statistics now track the number of heart disease deaths per minute. “Every year more women die from heart disease than men,” said Blake Dye, president of St.Vincent Heart Center of Indiana. “For 10 years, the Go Red Dye For Women movement has done a fantastic job of educating and inspiring women to take control of their heart health.” Thanks to increased awareness and growing concern among a committed group of men, the statistics are starting to improve, and the war has only just begun. You’d be challenged to find someone who is not related to or friends with a woman affected by cardiovascular disease. Wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, nieces, grandmothers, friends and co-workers — all may face a future battle with the disease dubbed the “silent killer.” In this environment, Men Go Red For Women has made a grand entrance. The group of men are, according to the American Heart Association, “rallying their resources to fight heart disease.” Together they are raising awareness and generating money specifically to fund female-focused programs, surgical innovations, treatments and recommendations. The AHA said these

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he battle against heart disease in women now involves members of both genders. Men have resoundingly entered the ring – and rightly so. The statistics range from thought-provoking to staggering:

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men are standing behind the women they care about while influencing and inspiring communities. “The formation of Men Go Red For Women gives us an opportunity as men to stand side by side with the women we love in the fight against heart disease,” Dye said. Since the Go Red For Women campaign was launched a decade ago, more than 650,000 lives have been saved. But much work remains, and Men Go Red For Women is on board to lend an eager hand. Donations to Men Go Red For Women help support public education and grow awareness of the potentially devastating effects of heart disease in women. Educating lawmakers and health care professionals, another focus, helps ensure that all are knowledgeable about treating female patients according to nationally recognized guidelines. Earlier this month, Men Go Red For Women hosted an event at Seasons 52 restaurant at Keystone at the Crossing. That program highlighted the benefits of a heart-healthy diet — one of a number of ways the group will move its message forward and keep women healthy. The group is also working to: ♥ Encourage women to eat better and exercise regularly. ♥ Teach women to learn their personal risk of developing heart disease by getting regular checkups. ♥ Make schools safer by promoting the AHA’s CPR initiative and training students to use simple life-saving techniques. ♥ Improve the quality of care for women with heart disease. ♥ Encourage action. Everyone has something to gain by joining in the battle against heart disease. Now, men have an organized group in the fight. To learn more about Men Go Red For Women, contact Julie Petr of the American Heart Association at ●


Celebs show the love with heart-themed art By Julie Young For Custom Publications


eart health is not an easy subject to discuss with family members and friends, but it’s an important conversation to have. After all, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S. today. To increase awareness and promote education, Emmis Communications has – for the third straight year – joined in asking well-known Hoosiers to create heart-themed artwork. “The Indy Has Heart event is like a big valentine to the city,” said Charlie Morgan, senior vice president and market manager, Emmis Communications. “Local celebrities create two-dimensional pieces that will be displayed on Monument Circle and on our website in hopes it will inspire people to start those difficult conversations.”

Baltimore Ravens tight end Dallas Clark, a former Indianapolis Colt; Indiana Pacers sideline reporter Brooke Olzendam; and Karen Pence, wife of Indiana’s governor. Clark Pence was inspired as she created her contribution. “Since I am the first lady of the entire state, I chose to center my artwork around the Indiana state flag, arranging the stars in a heart shape. The idea came from Sarah Whiteside, a friend of my son’s and an intern at the Indiana Statehouse,” Pence said. “My family has a history of heart disease, so when the American Heart Association asked me to contribute a piece of artwork for Indy Has Heart, I was honored.”


Big hearts for a cause

The Indy Has Heart gallery of 12 unique works will be unveiled Feb. 4 at the Red Dress Dash event on Monument Circle. The two-dimensional pieces range from simple to elaborate. While the contributors aren’t professional artists, each was touched by the American Heart Association’s mission and eager to support the cause. “The artists are always a little skittish about their work being publicly displayed, but most have been touched by heart disease. They know their art captures a lot of attention,” Morgan said. “People who see their work are often surprised by the hidden talent in this city.” This year’s featured artist is Florence Henderson, known for her work on stage and screen and, of course, for portraying super-mom Carol Brady in “The Brady Bunch.” “America’s favorite TV mom was wonderful to work with and responded immediately to the Henderson concept,” Morgan said. “In fact, she sent in her piece before we even had confirmation that she was participating in the event.” In addition to Henderson, this year’s participants include Miss Indiana Teen International Katelynne Newton;

In the three years Emmis has sponsored Indy Has Heart, the event has grown in scope and awareness. And with each new piece of celebrity art, Morgan is excited to discover the artist’s direction and hear personal stories. “No one is immune to the seriousness of heart disease,” he said. “When you have celebrities and art paving the way for families to begin that dialogue, it’s an easier conversation to have.” ●

Indy Has Heart 2014 What: Gallery unveiling When: 8 a.m. on Feb. 4 Where: Red Dress Dash on Monument Circle Info:

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Don’t ignore your concerns. Listen to your heart. Why put it off any longer? A low-cost heart or vascular scan is an important first step in your heart health. Find out if you’re at risk of heart disease at the state’s only cardiovascular program on U.S.News & World Report’s 2013-14 National Honor Roll.

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s in the case of a heart attack, a stroke — or “brain attack” — is always a medical emergency. Jerry W. Smartt Jr., MD, explains to patients that strokes come in different sizes. “Mild or early strokes can have almost flu-like symptoms,” Smartt said. “Someone might have a little trouble using one hand or feel a little weak on one side and think they’ve lifted too much. They may feel tired and try to sleep it off. Someone having a mild stroke may Smartt not go to the doctor until the next day.” But strokes are the fourth-leading cause of death in the U.S. today and the No. 1 cause of disabilities, Smartt said. The longer an active stroke goes untreated, the more likely that individual will face a short- or long-term disability.

Know your numbers

Tobacco use, smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol, family history and high blood pressure are the top risk factors for stroke. A person with high blood pressure, for example, is six times more likely to have a stroke than one without. Smartt encourages individuals to know their health condition and manage risk factors by not using tobacco, controlling their diet and cholesterol levels, reducing their intake of salt and fats and increasing their physical activity. “Know the conditions you have and follow up with your doctor,” Smartt said.

“High blood pressure and diabetes are silent killers, and people can have them for a long time without knowing it. I encourage people to know their numbers. (They can) visit their pharmacy, where they can regularly take their own blood pressure.” Smartt explained that normal blood pressure is 120/80. Numbers at or above 140/90 are considered high. Anyone who takes medication to manage blood pressure should be monitored by a physician.

A matter of time

During a stroke, blood flow to the brain is interrupted and cells begin to die. Based on the location of the stroke, the individual’s right or left side of the body will be affected. Smartt encourages everyone to think F.A.S.T.: ♥ Face. Is the person’s smile or face drooping — or does it appear crooked, with less symmetry? ♥ Arms. Do the arms coordinate evenly when they’re raised above the head, or is it difficult to raise an arm or leg? ♥ Speech. Is it difficult to speak? Are words slurred? ♥ Time. If the answer to any or all of these questions is “yes,” medical attention is required immediately. Remembering this acronym can help family members, caregivers and friends quickly assess a situation and call for medical attention.

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Whether a stroke’s symptoms are mild or severe, the keys to survival are early detection and rapid treatment. Smartt said patients who receive the clot-busting drug called TPA during the first three hours after symptoms appear have a better chance of surviving and recovering. “The longer the stroke is happening inside the brain, the more the risk of disability increases,” he said. ●

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The future is bright for Go Red For Women… and so is the outlook for women’s heart health! By Shauna Nosler For Custom Publications


he American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign is alive and well in the Hoosier state. The initiative’s future — according to Lisa Harris, MD, CEO of Eskenazi Health — is moving down the right path thanks to a decade of well-laid groundwork. “The success has been enormous,” said Harris, Harris 2015 chair of Indy’s Go Red For Women campaign. She will take the reins from current chair Darcy Burthay, of St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital, in February. Moving forward, Harris plans to focus on prevention and awareness. “Truly focusing our efforts on prevention is important. That and keeping people well in the first place,” Harris said. A key component is to help women recognize the signs of heart disease and understand how to reduce their personal risk. “There are behaviors we can modify to actually reduce one’s personal genetic risk,” she said. One way to achieve this is for women to choose an active lifestyle personally and encourage healthier behaviors at home and in the community. Harris knows it’s

not easy to make major changes — like quitting smoking, making time to exercise and giving up unhealthy meals and snacks. But everyone can begin somewhere, and even small changes make a difference.

New partners

Go Red For Women remains successful in Indianapolis because new strong partners continue to come to the table. “Getting new people and companies involved in the campaign has been an important piece,” Burthay said. “That cross-pollination and how we create an even stronger community has come out of the Go Red initiative.” The group also works to get and keep the community excited about its mission. “You have to bring energy to what we’re trying to do here. Of course, you want to be successful in any event you chair, but what I’ve found even more rewarding is finding partners who are committed to seeing that continue 10 more years … that we are going to continue to move this forward — not just for people our age, but for our daughters and our granddaughters.” Securing sponsorships, Burthay said, is a cornerstone to Go Red For Women. “It’s actually been a nice surprise that we haven’t just focused on success for 2014, but on how we’re building

Smoking cigarettes is the most preventable major risk factor of heart disease, and it increases your risk two to four times that of nonsmokers. relationships that are going to sustain us over the next 10 years and the next 20 years, so that this cooperation and experience are available for our future generations.”

What you can do now to decrease your risk of heart disease

More to be done

Research is leading to health successes nationally, with more people understanding and working to prevent heart disease in women today. But it’s not enough. Heart disease remains the top killer of women in the U.S. To fight back — and win — women and men should be aware of their risk factors and make necessary changes. ●

Learn more about your risk of heart disease with help from your physician. You also can use the American’s Heart Association’s risk assessment tool at

Statistics may paint a bleak picture of heart disease in the U.S., but there’s good news: The disease is preventable. Nieca Goldberg, MD, medical director for the Joan H. Tisch Center for Women’s Health in New York and an American Heart Association volunteer, offers these vital health tips. Quit smoking. Just one year after you quit, you’ll cut your risk of coronary heart disease by 50 percent. Start an exercise program. Walking 30 or more minutes a day can lower your risk of heart attack and stroke. Modify your family’s diet, if needed, by making smart substitutions, choosing healthy snacks and using better prep methods. With poultry, for example, eat leaner light meat instead of the fattier dark meat and remove the skin before cooking. Source: American Heart Association and Go Red for Women

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