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Sen. Ruth Johnson sponsors heart month, ‘Go Red for Women’ resolution

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Tuesday approved Sen. Ruth Johnson’s resolution to increase awareness of heart disease and stroke and recognize the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” initiative.

“Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death of American women, accounting for roughly one of every three deaths each year and killing more than all forms of cancer combined,” said Johnson, R-Holly. “Unfortunately, many women still don’t know their risks.

“This resolution is a chance to save thousands of lives each year by increasing awareness and encouraging people to take preventive action. It is also about supporting the Go Red for Women movement to boost women’s cardiovascular awareness and thanking everyone who wore red last week as part of a national effort to get more women to take charge of their own heart health.”

Senate Resolution 106 proclaims February 2022 as American Heart Month in Michigan and Feb. 4 as Go Red for Women Day.

SR 106 says that from 2019 to 2020, deaths from heart disease increased by 4.8%, the largest increase in heart disease deaths since 2012, while stroke deaths increased by 6%.

It also says, “in 2015, cardiovascular disease accounted for $555 billion in health care expenditures and lost productivity, and by 2035, those costs will be over $1 trillion annually.”

For more information, visit GoRedForWomen.org or www.heart.org/en/around-the-aha/reclaim-your-health-during-american-heart-month-in-february.

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Editor’s note: Sen. Johnson’s Senate session remarks on the resolution will be available at www.SenatorRuthJohnson.com/video.

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Photo caption: Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, addresses the Senate about her resolution to proclaim February 2022 as American Heart Month in Michigan and recognize the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” initiative to help increase awareness of heart disease and stroke.