Pam Dymond, guest speaker at Thursday’s Tri-County Go Red For Women Luncheon at West Hills Country Club, had a message for the 220 women in the audience, “Take time for yourselves…listen to your body, and never, ever take one single beat of your heart for granted!”
The Accord resident was the guest speaker at the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Luncheon, an education and fund raising event focused on preventing women’s number one killer—heart disease.
Dymond had a heart attack at age 43 with no prior risk factors except inactivity and being overweight. Sudden chest pain and profuse sweating landed her in the emergency room, and a cardiac catheterization revealed a 90% blocked coronary artery. A stent was used to open the artery. Since her heart attack, she has lost more than 50 pounds and has embraced healthier eating and exercise into new lifestyle.
“It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change,” she said, “My daughter is why I keep trying to be healthy.”
Event Chair, Deborah Marshall, gave Dymond's daughter, Elise, a Red Dress necklace to match her mother's, saying that the girl reminds us all of the reasons why we have to be healthy.
Dymond asked women to take care of their own hearts and also help other women by supporting the American Heart Association’s (AHA) research and efforts through the national Go Red For Women campaign. She added, “I am here today because of research breakthroughs and science. The stent that was used to save my life was developed by an American Heart Association-funded researcher,” she said, “We need more research funding so more lives can be saved.”
During the morning educational session, women learned facts about women and heart disease and information on heart murmus from Dr. Amala Chirumamilla, cardiologist with Bon Secours Charity Health System.
Leading health and nutrition authority, Joy Bauer, nutrition and health expert for NBC’s TODAY show and a #1 New York Times bestselling author, added to the healthy living theme and offered her four steps to a healthier heart. They include knowing cholesterol and blood pressure numbers, exercising 30 minutes every day, managing weight, and eating super-heart healthy foods like nuts, chia seeds, pumpkin and berries. At the close of her speech she asked the audience to keep active and then invited guests up to the stage for a spirited dance-off.
The inspirational and informational event was chaired by Deborah Marshall, Vice President of Public Relations, Marketing & Strategic Planning at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. The event is part of the AHA’s national campaign to raise awareness among women and provide them with tools to reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke - the number one and four causes of death among women.
Heart disease and stroke claim the lives of one in three women -- about 432,000 lives each year, or nearly one death each minute. More women than men die from heart disease and stroke.
The Go Red For Women Luncheon is sponsored nationally by Macy’s and presented locally by the Signature Sponsor, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Bon Secours Charity Health System. Local sponsors include Active International, Nice Pak/PDI and media sponsor WHUD radio.