PHOTOS: First Lady Promotes Heart Health For Go Red Day at University

First Lady Kathy Sisolak, left, promotes heart health at the University of Nevada, Reno. Image: Ty O’Neil.

This Friday marks Go Red Day, an American Heart Association campaign in its 15th year raising awareness for women’s heart health.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S. Its symptoms can be different for women than men.

Breanna Alosi, speaking at an event at the University of Nevada, Reno, told an audience that, at 33 years of age and a new mother, she experienced back pain and sweating.

They were symptoms, she said, that could have been explained by the tasks of being a new mother. Since she belonged to sorority, Alpha Phi, which volunteers with the American Heart Association, she was able to recognize that something was much worse than simple back pain.

Alosi sought medical attention and received an emergency angioplasty. She reiterated the importance of women both knowing the symptoms of a heart attack and to call 9-1-1.

The event also had a guest speaker, Nevada’s First Lady, Kathy Sisolak. She talked about maintaining a healthy life style with calisthenics and diet alongside her support for Go Red and the American Heart Association.

Also speaking were:

  • AHA Northern Nevada District Board Chair, BJ North
  • Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Dean, Thomas L. Schwenk, MD
  • Go Red for Women Chair, Tiffany Coury, COO Northern Nevada Medical Center
  • Women’s Health Expert, Interim Chair of the Department of OB/GYN at the Nevada School of Medicine, Dr. Neda Etezadi-Amoli

Each talked about the importance of women’s heart health and the importance of the Go Red campaign.

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So, wear red this Friday as a symbol of women’s heart health.


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Ty O’Neil is a lifelong student of anthropology with two degrees in the arts. He is far more at home in the tear gas filled streets of war torn countries than he is relaxing at home. He has found a place at ThisisReno as a photojournalist. He hopes to someday be a conflict photojournalist covering wars and natural disasters abroad