By Beth Langfels


Every November, in celebration of the annual Go Red for Women Experience hosted by the American Heart Assocation, TOPS features local heart disease and stroke survivors.

This year, we asked local women who have close, personal experience with the effects of heart disease and stroke to answer the question, “How do you Go Red?”

Our photographer took their photos in places that represent the unique ways they face, fight and heal from heart disease and stroke. From The Arboretum to the capital in Frankfort, from gardens to their places of work, these women are sharing their stories to help spread awareness of the fact that cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year.

Want to learn more about cardiovascular disease and what you can do to help fight against these staggering statistics? Visit and for information, resources and opportunities to make a difference!

Other Ways to Go Red!

Celebrate National Wear Red Day®

Go Red for Women’s National Wear Red Day® is an annual opportunity to raise awareness for cardiovascular disease, which kills approximately one woman every 80 seconds. The next Wear Red Day is Friday, February 1, 2019.

Know Your Numbers

Schedule a check-up with your doctor, and let them know you’d like a cholesterol check.  has lots of information about what questions to ask and what information you should make a note of, like your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and BMI. Talk to your doctor about what you can do to stay more aware of your numbers on a day-to-day basis, and if your numbers are elevated, what you can do to get them to a healthier range. It’s also important to discuss your risk factors.

Know the Signs

Arm yourself with information about heart disease and stroke. Visit for lots of resources on the symptoms and how they may differ between men and women. Knowledge is power!

Get Moving

The American Heart Association has recommendations to help you ensure that you’re getting enough activity to keep your heart as healthy as possible. TOPS has an article this month in our Life + Style section with more details!

Adding a little more exercise to your day doesn’t have to be a struggle. Adding a brisk walk to your evening will feel refreshing and give you time to get in tune with your thoughts. While you’re catching up on your favorite show, lift weights or dance in place. Talk to your doctor about what’s appropriate for you and then get going!

Take Legislative Action

Stay up to date with bills and measures that affect health care and organizations that support cardiovascular and women’s health. Call your representatives and let them know that heart health is a concern for you.

Let Someone Know You Care

One of the most important ways you can Go Red is to reach out to other women and support their journeys. Share what you’ve learned and encourage those you love to take inventory of their heart health. •