Go Red for Women event in Duluth

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A fun, social event was held in Duluth on Wednesday night, but for a serious cause.

More than 200 people attended the 2023 Duluth Go Red for Women event, celebrating and igniting their continued commitment to eradicate heart disease and stroke, which is the #1 killer of women in America.

Organizers say learning CPR is a big push this year because only 46% of of heart attack victims will receive bystander CPR and fewer women than men.

“People are afraid of inappropriate touching.” Briana Johnson said. “You’re pushing aggressively on a woman’s chest and we’re taught in our culture not to do that, right? So it’s uncomfortable for a lot of people and they’re scared.”

But Johnson said, “If there’s ever a woman lying on the ground having cardiac arrest, she would rather have you perform CPR and help her increase her chances of living than not.”

Since 2004, the Go Red for Women movement has educated millions of women about cardiovascular disease.

Wednesday night’s goal was to raise money and awareness. Johson says a lot of women don’t realize what the risks are and how they can make small lifestyle changes to help live longer, healthier lives.

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