Irish Heart Foundation urging people to Go Red for Women in Carlow this February

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The Irish Heart Foundation has launched its Go Red for Women campaign, in support of women in Carlow and across Ireland – one-quarter of whom will die from cardiovascular disease.

The campaign was launched by two women who live with heart conditions and are ambassadors for the campaign – Karen Ward from Monaghan, and Lizzy Honan from Dublin – and Today FM radio presenter Ed Smith, who suffered a heart attack last year.

Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death in Ireland; women are almost six times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than breast cancer.

However, 80% of premature death from cardiovascular disease is preventable.

By Going Red for Women, you can support the Irish Heart Foundation’s work in communities across Ireland, raising awareness of and helping to prevent deaths from cardiovascular disease.

Speaking at the launch, Judith Gilsenan, Commercial Director, Irish Heart Foundation said: "Our Go Red for Women campaign is championed by five women from around Ireland, each of whom has been affected by cardiovascular disease: from heart attack to open-heart surgery and from heart failure to Long QT syndrome.

"Through their stories and support from the public, we can continue to empower women to live longer, healthier lives.

"This February we are calling on the people of Carlow to show their support for the women they love by Going Red for Women.

"There are lots of ways to get involved – hold a walk in your local community or a coffee morning at home or work, or try your hand at volunteering at our national bag pack collection."

Each year, almost 9,000 people in Ireland die from heart disease and stroke, leaving behind devastated families and communities.

Support the Go Red for Women campaign today by organising a red event in February, volunteering on February 14 or donating to the Irish Heart Foundation. For more information and to sign up, visit www.GoRed.ie