The red dress was a perfect fit. The blonde hair – flowing. Makeup – flawless. The shoes and pearls – amazingly accessorized. The doctor strolling into The Christ Hospital cafeteria wearing all of this? He was a good sport!
Tom Broderick, MD, an interventional cardiologist with The Ohio Heart and Vascular Center, was the top money draw in the second annual Go Red Penny War at The Christ Hospital. Four cardiologists, including Dr. Broderick, put themselves up for the challenge to help increase awareness of heart disease in women, part of The Christ Hospital’s mission as the Cincinnati Goes Red sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women initiative. Employees could vote with pocket change and dollar bills for who they wanted to see most modeling a red dress – the official symbol of Cincinnati Goes Red.
“Seeing a man in a red dress is certainly not a usual site, but it certainly catches everyone’s attention. I can honestly say that little if anything that I have recently said or done caught the attention of so many people,” Dr. Broderick said. “Although I may have started as the topic of conversation, everyone got the message about the Go Red campaign and the importance of being aware of heart disease in women. I could not have asked for a more enthusiastic response.”
Heart disease knows no strangers and, despite previous beliefs that heart disease primarily affects men, women are equally affected. It is vitally important to raise the awareness that men and women alike can become victims of heart disease so that they can be vigilant for symptoms. It is equally important to act early to prevent the number one cause of death in men and women, heart disease, through diet, exercise and risk factor intervention.
Risk factors for heart disease
Know the signs: symptoms of a heart attack
How can I prevent heart disease?
Although certain types of heart disease, such as heart defects, cannot be prevented, living a healthy, active lifestyle can help prevent developing future types of heart disease. Follow these tips to prevent heart disease:
To learn more about heart disease in women, as well as take the Health Aware Risk Assessment, visit www.TheChristHospital.com/GoRed.