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Eliminating Heart Health Disparaties Amongst African-American Women
The Open My Heart Foundation, a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization, launched on February 6, 2015, National Wear Red Day at the Gateway Village in Capitol Heights, MD. National Wear Red Day is a massive public awareness day held each first Friday of February, to warn women, show support and raise awareness of heart disease being the #1 killer of women. Many of the Gateway Village Residence attended, as well as the Mayor of Capitol Heights, Marnitta King, who presented CEO and Founder, Florence Champagne, with a Town of Capitol Heights Proclamation, Proclaiming February as the Open My Heart Foundation Month. In 2012, the WomenHeart.org recognized Florence as a member of the Class of 2012 Womenheart Champion. She was sited as someone who is always there for WomenHeart when they need her.
Attendees of the official launch received valuable information about heart health from Dr. Vikram Raya, of Capitol Cardiology Associates. They were also able to take part in Yoga demonstrations by Alice Williams, as well as entertainment performances by Jazz Musician Saxophonist, Wake Campbell, Liturgical Dancer Portia Williams, and a skit by their own, Florence Champagne, entitled “See me.”

Am I Having A Heart Attack?

Only 36 percent of African-American women know that heart disease is their greatest health risk. 
(Go Red for Women, 2014)

Do not self-diagnose or make excuses for how you feel

Besides chest pains, below are some other symptoms in women that should serve as warning signs:
  • Neck, jaw, shoulder, back pain or abdominal discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Arm pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Unusual fatigue
Click here for more Signs & Symptoms

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