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Ministrelli Women’s Heart Center to be Heart Check Up Sponsor for American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Luncheon, Feb. 25

First and only cardiac center in Michigan designed expressly for the prevention, diagnosis and research of women’s heart disease, will provide health screening at the event.

Royal Oak, MI, February 21, 2009 --( The Ministrelli Women’s Heart Center at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak will be among the major local sponsors for the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Luncheon, Wed., Feb. 25 from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

As the “Heart Check Up” sponsor for Go Red, the Ministrelli Women’s Heart Center, the first and only cardiac center in Michigan designed expressly for the prevention, diagnosis and research of women’s heart disease, will provide health screening at the luncheon. The Center’s staff is also available to participate in community events and heart screenings by calling 248-898-4760.

“This is a great opportunity for the Ministrelli Women’s Heart Center and Beaumont to play a key role in helping raise awareness among women about the dangers of heart disease,” said Pamela Marcovitz, MD, the director of the Ministrelli Women’s Heart Center. “Having participated in the Go Red Campaign for several years, we know these events have been integral in alerting women of all ages about the importance of scheduling regular checkups.”

Encouraging women to make smart choices about their health is just one of the messages the American Heart Association will relay during the Go Red For Women Luncheon.

Metro Detroit’s Go Red for Women movement began six years ago and continues to be a valuable campaign raising awareness about women and heart disease. This campaign has many features including educational programs, Go Red events and the anticipated luncheon in February. The luncheon features a fashion show, health screenings and a heart healthy lunch among other things. Since its inception, over 250 Go Red for Women Luncheons have been held nationally raising more than $15 million.

“By building awareness and educating other women, we will be able to help prevent heart disease from hitting the woman we love,” said Linda (Lin) Cummins, senior vice president of communications and government affairs for ArvinMeritor and chairwomen for the 2009 Go Red for Women Luncheon.

Other luncheon highlights include a silent auction and inspiring speakers. This year’s key note speaker is Dr. Annabelle Santos Volgman, board certified cardiologist at Rush University Medical Center, who was recognized as one of America’s Top Doctors for Women in the November 2008 issue of Women’s Health Magazine. Volgman is also the President of the American Heart Association Chicago Metro Board.

“The Go Red movement celebrates the energy, passion and power we have as women to band together to wipe out heart disease and stroke,” said Cummins. “I’m proud as a woman that I can help other women and more importantly be an advocate for them.”

Some of the other local Go Red for Women sponsors include ArvinMeritor, Toyota, General Motors, UAW GM Center for Human Resources, The Suburban Collection, WMXD, WNIC, FOX 2, Michigan Chronicle, FrontPage, Corp!, Ambassador and Comcast.

Proceeds from the luncheon benefit education and research specific to women and heart disease. Tickets for the luncheon are $250. For ticket information, contact Tasheena Young at 248-936-5806.

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