December 16, 2017
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Legislators to draw attention to heart disease on Valentine’s Day

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AUGUSTA, Maine — The American Heart Association (AHA) will hold its seventh annual Maine Legislative Caucus Heart Luncheon aimed at raising awareness among Maine’s legislators of heart disease and stroke in women noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Senator Inn.  Cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease and stroke, remains the No. 1 cause of death and disability for Maine women. 

Becky Smith, the AHA’s director of government affairs, will provide an update on the organization’s latest legislative priorities. Attendees will receive information on the state of women’s heart health including women’s warning signs and risk factors. They will also have a chance to learn the basic skills of Hands-Only CPR.  Legislators will hear the personal story of representative who recently underwent bypass surgery and her fellow representative (who also a physician) who urged her to get her symptoms checked.

Moderator to a panel discussion will be Tracy Sabol, WMTW Channel 8. Speakers will include Rep. (Dr.) Linda Sanborn; Rep. Helen Rankin who also is a recent heart disease survivor; Ed Kane, vice president for Maine, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; and Becky Smith, director of government relations, American Heart Association. 

This event is part of the Maine Goes Red statewide awareness effort. For more information and to schedule interviews immediately preceding or following the luncheon, please contact Brenda Vitali at the telephone number or e-mail address above.