Feb. 1 – Rep. Doreen Carter encourages citizens to ‘Go Red for Women’

Feb. 1, 2017 – State Representative Doreen Carter (D-Lithonia) is encouraging citizens to “Go Red for Women” by wearing red on February 5, 2016. “Go Red for Women” Day is celebrated by the American Heart Association and is designed increase women’s awareness and research about cardiovascular health.

“Heart disease and strokes causes 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds.  Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education, healthy eating habits, and regular exercise,” said Rep. Carter.  “My grandmother died of a massive heart attack.  My mother died in her sleep.  I was fortunate to make it to the hospital in time for the doctors to stop the attack on my heart.  However, it was discovered that I had a 100 percent blockage.  Heart decease is truly the silent killer.  I had no idea that I was having a heart attack. I am committed to share what I have learned in hopes of helping someone else to survive like I did. I am grateful to be alive to share my story.”

Rep. Carter is also hosting a “Go Red for Women” rally on Friday, February 5, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the South Wing of the State Capitol.

Rep. Carter encourages citizens to consider making a donation to Go Red for Women in the remembrance of the families of those who died of Heart Attacks or Strokes.  She is also reminding women to schedule well-woman visits, prevention check-ups to review overall health and blood pressure, check cholesterol and look for signs of heart disease, stroke and other illnesses.

Representative Doreen Carter represents the citizens of District 92, which includes portions of Rockdale and DeKalb counties. She was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2015, and currently serves on the Code Revision, Small Business Development, and Special Rules committees.

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