Heart Disease is the No. 1 Killer of New Moms

Jennifer Lewey, M.D., MPH, and Go Red for Women volunteer talks about how nearly 45% of women in their twenties and up are living with some form of cardiovascular disease and less than half of U.S. women have good heart health as they enter pregnancy. In fact, pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S. are rising at an alarming rate, and racial and ethnic disparities in pregnancy-related mortality are significant. It’s vital that women are healthy before, during, and after their pregnancy, as improved heart health before pregnancy can reduce their medical risks later.   The American Heart Association is implementing the second year of the Millions Honoring Moms campaign, recognizing the role that moms play in our lives by raising critical funds all throughout May.

Starting May 1, every online donation to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association will be matched up to $500,000 thanks to the generosity of Valerie and Lee Shapiro. Donors will also be able to send a digital card to a special mom in their life letting them know a special donation was made in their name. #MomsAreWhy

Please direct to www.GoRedforWomen.org/Moms for the donate link.

Dr. Jennifer Lewey is a cardiologist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is affiliated with Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian. She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School​.​

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