SPOKANE, Wash. – The leading cause of death for men and women is taking center stage at the “Go Red for Women” luncheon in Spokane Wednesday.
For a long time, heart disease was associated mainly with men. In fact, a heart condition that blocks a particular artery is known as “the widow-maker.”
Ten years ago, the American Heart Association set out to spread awareness among women that it is just as grave a threat for them.
Ali Vincent learned that lesson through her mom, who had her own spell with “the widow-maker.” She was on life support for two days, but survived. After that, Ali Vincent made a vow to get her own heart healthy.
She went on “The Biggest Loser” and became the show’s first-ever female winner. Since then, it has been Vincent’s mission to spread the word about health: she has her own show, “Live Big with Ali Vincent.”
Vincent will also be the keynote speaker at Spokane’s “Go Red” luncheon, where she will talk about how simply wearing red can open up the conversation about heart health.
“You can’t meet a woman in a red dress and not go like, ‘Wow, you look phenomenal.’ And they’re like, ‘Thank you, actually, I’m wearing it because I want to talk about hearts,’” Vincent said.
KREM 2’s own Laura Papetti will act as the Master of Ceremonies at Wednesday’s event.
Even if you can’t participate, the American Heart Association recommends educating yourself. For more information on heart disease and its risk factors, click here.