Events of the Heart at Abyssinian Baptist Church

| January 30, 2009 | 1 Comment

Events of the Heart kicks off the American Heart Association’s National Heart Health Month with a heart-inspired performance on GO RED Sunday, February 1st, 2009 at Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church.

Continuing its outreach, Events of the Heart shares the vital message of women’s #1 Health Risk-Heart Disease-with this vibrant community. This collaborative performance of Events of the Heart and the Abyssinian Baptist Community will raise awareness and empower women to take charge of their heart health.

Since 1984, more women than men have died of heart disease each year, and women are twice as likely as men to die after a heart attack. Nearly one-third (27.2%) of all female deaths each year are from heart disease-six times as many lives claimed by breast cancer. Almost half a million women have heart attacks each year, and an estimated 8 million American women currently live with heart disease.

Pamela Serure, Events of the Heart co-founder, knows these facts all too well. Pamela was shocked to learn about her own heart disease-a 99% blockage in two major arteries, requiring immediate open heart surgery. During her recovery, Pamela discovered her new life’s work: To share her survivor story, in the hope of inspiring women to take action on behalf of their hearts.

The facts strongly sound the warning-women must take care of their hearts. However, a warning goes unheeded if not presented in an engaging, accessible way. With regards to heart disease, “no response” is a deadly response. Events of the Heart’s mission is to turn the tide on this epidemic without tuning out the women most at risk. Their captivating platform, theatre, and the passionate advocates they recruit to sound this message prove to be a winning combination, performance after performance.

Events of the Heart performances feature celebrity voices and acclaimed actors, including Eva Longoria Parker, Dana Delany, Brenda Strong, Stephen Collins, Joy Behar, Holland Taylor, Sherri Shepherd, and many others. “Events of the Heart is a powerful force to raise awareness among women that heart disease is their #1 killer. Through the richness of entertainment and theater, the messages of heart disease, its impact on women’s lives, and what woman can do to take action are spoken with clarity and passion,” says Elizabeth G. Nabel, MD, Director of National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health.

Performances consist of a collection of theatrical pieces, constructed to illuminate the real dangers of cardiovascular disease. The pieces render the disease a relevant and immediate force to be dealt with, and women are encouraged to learn more, and visit a cardiologist. This is the ultimate goal-preventative care. Studies show women significantly reduce their risk of heart disease if they have information about heart disease, know the questions to ask their doctors, and receive the support to make heart-smart changes in their lives.

This event will take place after the 11:00 am church service around 1:00 pm. Abyssinian Baptist Church is located 132 Odell Clark Place (138th St.) between Malcolm X Blvd. and Adam Clayton Avenue.

If you’re not in the area and want to learn more about heart disease and its effect on women, click here for The Real Deal on Heart Facts.

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