Women in red promote heart awareness

Transport Minister Rachel Nolan

The Premier and most women MPs were in their best red livery this week in honour of the Heart Foundation’s Go Red for Women campaign.

The campaign seeks to raise awareness of heart disease as the number one killer of Australian women, killing 11,000 women in Australia each year.

According to the Heart Foundation, heart attacks kill nearly 30 Australian women every day.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Health Paul Lucas said in Parliament he encouraged Queensland women to make use of blood pressure stations throughout the city.

Blood pressure stations are free and can be found in nine chemists throughout Brisbane. They can be located by calling the Stroke Foundation Hotline on 1800 787 653.

“The Go Red for Women campaign seeks to raise awareness of heart disease as a women’s health issue and something of which women as young as 45 need to be aware,” Mr Lucas said.

Premier Anna Bligh

Heart Foundation communications manager Jill Sims echoed Mr Lucas’ comments.

“Many women are unaware that heart disease is their number one killer. Eight out of ten women remain unaware of these facts,” she said.

The official Go Red for Women Day is on Friday 11 June and Australians are encouraged to follow Queensland Parliament’s example and don their own red clothing for the day to support the cause.

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