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American Heart Association Plays a Cruel Trick on Women
Renew America ^ | January 30, 2008 | Carey Roberts

Posted on 01/30/2008 9:51:42 AM PST by FreeManDC

Ladies, when was the last time you visited a nursing home? Did you wonder why nearly all the residents were women? The reason is simple — men meet their maker 5 years sooner than members of the fairer sex.

It wasn't always that way. Back in 1920, men and women had almost identical life spans. But the looming threat of heart disease widened that gap. American men now have heart disease death rates that are 50% higher than women's. (The federal report Health, United States, 2007, Table 29 reveals the death rates are 268 in men, compared to only 177 in women).

Most persons have never heard of Lois Verbrugge, a researcher at the University of Michigan. A few years ago Dr. Verbrugge did a study on elderly women. She found that compared to their married counterparts, single elderly women are four times more likely to end up in a nursing home.

Which means after your husband dies of heart disease, you are four times more likely to be removed from your home and taken to an institutional setting to spend your last days in medicated bliss. That's what happened to several ladies I've known.

And what about men who keel over from heart disease in their 40s and 50s? What happens to their wives and children?

Last year my friend Bill died from a debilitating heart problem. His wife never wanted to be the family breadwinner. That's what she's doing now.

And Randy died suddenly while jogging one morning. His two sons, now in their 20s, will never again experience a father's love.

So men are at far greater risk of heart disease, and their premature deaths portend institutionalization and financial hardship for their wives.

You'd think the American Heart Association would have programs designed especially to help men. They don't.

But not to worry, the AHA does have a gender-specific program — "Go Red for Women."

That's right, the Heart Association has designated this Friday, February 1 as National Wear Red Day. Here's the latest fashion tip from the AHA:

"National Wear Red Day has its own dress code. Wear your favorite red clothes or accessory — a red blouse, a red dress pin, a fabulous red handbag."

That's not all: "Put on red lipstick, or sport a red tie and red socks. Go red in your own fashion show to show your support for women and the fight against heart disease." [www.goredforwomen.com/national_wear_red_day.aspx]

Really folks, I'm not making this up!

So when you pay a visit to grandma at the nursing home this weekend, she's gonna feel a whole lot better if you're sporting red socks and red shoes. And that widow who lives down the street — be sure to remind her to pull out that fabulous red handbag she stowed away after the funeral.

To complete the irony of Go Red for Women, show her a tribute card, courtesy of the AHA: "Go Red for Women — American Heart Association — A donation has been made in honor of [fill in name of former husband, father, brother, or son]."

Seriously, when it comes to the real needs of real women, it's obvious the pointy-headed execs at the AHA don't have a clue. So it's up to women bring the Heart Association to its senses.

Call Mr. Cass Wheeler, head of the American Heart Association. His number is 1-800-242-8721. Send a message to the PR department: elizabeth.moreno@heart.org [elizabeth.moreno-at-heart.org]. Or just call your local heart association office.

We all want to know how the American Heart Association answers these two questions:

1. Why does the Heart Association want to deprive aging women of the main source of their financial support?

2. Why does the AHA want to send more elderly women to nursing homes?

And while we're at it, why don't we ask if they believe men's hearts count for less?


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1 posted on 01/30/2008 9:51:45 AM PST by FreeManDC
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To: FreeManDC

Very interesting observations.


2 posted on 01/30/2008 9:55:38 AM PST by Tax-chick ("Gently alluding to the indisputably obvious is not gloating." ~Richard John Neuhaus)
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To: FreeManDC

AIDS saw to it that health concerns were forever politicized.

HPV is spread by men and women. Men and women get cancer from HPV. Some states have seen fit to mandate that all girls get the HPV vaccine.

Divide and conquer.


3 posted on 01/30/2008 9:56:10 AM PST by weegee (Those who surrender personal liberty to lower global temperatures will receive neither.)
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To: FreeManDC

The AHA and the medical establishment will tell you that this heart disease is a lifestyle disease. They won’t say the same about AIDS, though.


4 posted on 01/30/2008 9:56:10 AM PST by steve8714 (Don't sacrifice the important for the urgent.)
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To: FreeManDC

The AHA is probably positioning to squawk for donations from the latest widows who lost their husbands to heart disease.


5 posted on 01/30/2008 9:56:41 AM PST by Sgt_Schultze
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To: FreeManDC

Ha, this person hasn’t been to many nursing homes lately.

Trust me: you don’t have to be nearly old enough to expire due to heart disease before your loving family is willing to file you away in one of these hellholes.


6 posted on 01/30/2008 9:56:46 AM PST by ECM (Government is a make-work program for lawyers.)
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To: FreeManDC

Men sure don’t have it easy.


7 posted on 01/30/2008 9:57:35 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: FreeManDC

Spousal IRAs.


8 posted on 01/30/2008 9:58:31 AM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: FreeManDC

“Men dying of heart disease, womyn and children hardest hit.”


9 posted on 01/30/2008 9:58:38 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Second To None!)
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To: FreeManDC
And what about men who keel over from heart disease in their 40s and 50s? What happens to their wives and children?

And that is why 20 year level TERM life insurance is a MUST. Get between 5 and 10 times your annual income (preferrably 10 times). A non-smoker 30 years old can get $500,000 for less than $30 a month. Stay away from whole life. It's a rip off.

10 posted on 01/30/2008 9:59:45 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“Men dying of heart disease, womyn stay-at-home moms and children hardest hit.”
11 posted on 01/30/2008 10:01:51 AM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: FreeManDC

I always thought the 5 year difference was a reward from God ;-).

Thats why I married a fellow five years my junior.


12 posted on 01/30/2008 10:02:04 AM PST by svcw (The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.)
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To: FreeManDC

Shouldn’t be hard to figure out. Let the guys die first. When the women go into the nursing homes, the homes can take all the money. I sorta went through this with my mother. My father died first. A couple of years later, my mother had to have bypass surgery and had a stroke. She went to a nursing home for recovery and they said she would never come out. We moved her out and she finally died at home where she belonged. She was happy, we had her around for awile longer. It wasn’t easy but she sure gave us a lot of good memories. Oh.....by the way....the nursing home didn’t get all her money.


13 posted on 01/30/2008 10:03:18 AM PST by RC2
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To: FreeManDC
AHA has programs for women because women want the programs. They don't have programs for men because men don't want people telling them how to live. My dad died of a heart attack at age 62. When he had his first heart attack at 58, while he was in the hospital they took his cigarettes away from him. He disconnected himself from the monitors, put on his bath robe, walked three blocks to the convenience store and bought a pack of cigarettes.

From what I understand, the conversation at the hospital while he was gone was pretty funny.

"We lost Mr. Cook!"
"He's dead? Why wasn't I notified when he went into arrest?"
"No! We lost him. We don't know where he is!"

Dad didn't mind being buried in a box as much as he objected to living in one. He lived as he wanted, and died younger than he could have. Many men would rather have the cigarette and the red meat and die at 60 than sit in the corner be a good boy.

14 posted on 01/30/2008 10:04:02 AM PST by Richard Kimball
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Will it be alright if I have a Viking funeral?


You know ... the one where they toss in the wife, horse, swords, etc. etc.?

15 posted on 01/30/2008 10:06:04 AM PST by G.Mason (And what is intelligence if not the craft of out-thinking our adversaries?)
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To: FreeManDC

I used to work for the AHA at the Nat’l HQ and I can attest that they are a very highly PC group with a feminist and gay agenda that would shock many progressives in its stridency. The AHA does not tell you the first signs of heart disease for most people is sudden death.


16 posted on 01/30/2008 10:10:31 AM PST by heywoodubuzzoff (:-))
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To: FreeManDC
There seems to be a lot of misplaced anger in this article.

Because it if primarily men who suffer from heart disease, the majority of the funding for heard disease research is already going to help men.

It's not the AHA's fault that more men die from heart disease than women any more than it is the fault of groups fighting breast cancer that more women die from breast cancer than men.

The Go Red for Women program is probably the result of Women who are active in supporting Heart Disease awareness feeling like women get left out because most of the generalized programs end up concentrating on men.

The American Heart Association doesn't cause heart disease.

They aren't at fault when men die from heard disease before women.

It doesn't matter how much good some organization does, there will always be those out there that blame them simply because they aren't able to solve every problem.

17 posted on 01/30/2008 10:11:03 AM PST by untrained skeptic
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To: FreeManDC
What BARF. The AMA is not responsible for men dying sooner than most women and the AMA is not responsible for the families of those men.

The Scriptures say that a man who does not provide for his family is worse than an infidel. So it is the responsibility of every man to provide for his wife and children even in the possibility of his death.

Dave Ramsey is right!

1) Get the Will! Don't let the courts and the lawyers get your money instead of your wife and kids.

2) Get a Living will. Same reason as #1

3) Get Life Insurance! If you don't have enough in the bank to take care of your wife (even into her old age) and young kids to adulthood, Life Insurance is a MUST!

4) Save for Retirement! Who believes Social Security will be around in 20 years. Most companies do not give Pensions anymore. If your not getting your companies matching 401k/Roth funds - you are a FOOL! If your company doesn't have a 401k/Roth and you don't have one, Open one at a bank/credit union Today! Make Regular or AUTOMATIC DEPOSITS.

5) Save for Kids College. If you have kids under 10, open a savings or other account for each child with Regular or Automatic Deposits. If you have a kid over 10 and you don't have anything saved! STEP ON IT! Your time is short.

Women, smile at the man and ask him if he loves you in these 5 things. Keep doing that until he does them.

18 posted on 01/30/2008 10:12:00 AM PST by sr4402
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To: G.Mason

It’s a free country.... But I would bet that your wife might not like being tossed on your funeral pyre.


19 posted on 01/30/2008 10:14:51 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: FreeManDC

According to Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taube, which I find as one of the most brilliant books that I have read, heart disease is almost entirely a function of carbodyrate consumption. I guess if you take it seriously, the problem must be with more carbs for the men.


20 posted on 01/30/2008 10:21:19 AM PST by Fractal Trader (.)
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To: sr4402

Ah hell.......we all know that but it’s more fun to complain. But have you ever looked at the eyes of a loved one in a nursing home? They say a lot.


21 posted on 01/30/2008 10:22:48 AM PST by RC2
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To: ECM

I’d rather be in a nursing home then be a burden to my children.

As long as I pick the nursing home when I am able to, I am okay with it.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to afford a nurse to take care of me, but if I can’t then I’m okay going to a nursing home.


22 posted on 01/30/2008 10:24:38 AM PST by luckystarmom
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To: FreeManDC
1. Why does the Heart Association want to deprive aging women of the main source of their financial support?
2. Why does the AHA want to send more elderly women to nursing homes?
And while we're at it, why don't we ask if they believe men's hearts count for less?

Moronic hyperbole. Pathetic.

23 posted on 01/30/2008 10:25:10 AM PST by Teacher317 (Eta kuram na smekh)
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To: luckystarmom

If you can afford a nice one, by all means. But if you’ve seen (and worked) in some of the places I have, you’d be *glad* to be a “burden” on your children.


24 posted on 01/30/2008 10:26:16 AM PST by ECM (Government is a make-work program for lawyers.)
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To: untrained skeptic

I guess she wants the AMA to have a wear blue for men day.


25 posted on 01/30/2008 10:29:01 AM PST by Kirkwood
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To: ECM

I would not be a burden on my children. I was not raised that way. My grandparents picked their nursing homes. My parents have one picked out.

I’ll do the same.

Some are bad, and some are okay. Of course, the good ones are usually more expensive. It just means you have to save more money and be prepared.


26 posted on 01/30/2008 10:30:59 AM PST by luckystarmom
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To: weegee
Some states have seen fit to mandate that all girls get the HPV vaccine.

Did it ever occur to you that is because Gardasil (HPV vaccine) is only tested and approved in women? It may not work in men, or it may make little boys grow breasts or sing show tunes.

27 posted on 01/30/2008 10:35:42 AM PST by CholeraJoe ("A dead whale or a stove boat!")
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To: luckystarmom

Not me! We have six children and they are all arguing over who ‘gets’ to have me and hubby live with them when we get ‘old’. They have this attitude because we cared for my mother-in-law in our home until she died. They got to see some of the hardship, but they also got to experience the joys of their grandma.

I’ve worked in nursing homes and they are not for the faint hearted. My mother-in-law had to spend some time in a home for rehabilitation after breaking her pelvis. It cost us $7000 a month for her care and her drugs. You better have a lot saved if you want a quality (sufficiently staffed by caring, trained people) nursing home.


28 posted on 01/30/2008 10:39:19 AM PST by Vor Lady
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To: RC2
But have you ever looked at the eyes of a loved one in a nursing home? They say a lot.

The Scriptures say that a man who does not provide for his family is worse than an infidel. This responsibility can be through a nursing home especially in latter year Alksheimers.

A man who doesn't have kids or an army to keep his elderly Alksheimers wife from vanishing into Lost and Gone Forever, a good nursing home is a godsend.

The Home I minister in has a husband who lives at the same home where his Alksheimers wife does. This is how he meets his responsibility to love His wife.

IMHO, it is best that one keeps ones loved ones at home to the best of ones abilities. Sometimes, the needs go beyond the abilities of the best of us.

So I would not be too cruel with those who have been pushed beyond the extreme. The Lord humbles the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

29 posted on 01/30/2008 10:40:10 AM PST by sr4402
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To: weegee

Men get cancer from HPV?

Anywhere near the rate/severity of women?


30 posted on 01/30/2008 10:46:39 AM PST by Unassuaged (I have shocking data relevant to the conversation!)
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To: untrained skeptic

Finally, a common sense posting. THe other issue is that the symptoms of heart attacks are different between men and women, with most education on warning signs being for men. So it is important that women get educated, and still make sure men stay educated. Eat right and excercise helps.


31 posted on 01/30/2008 10:48:41 AM PST by doc30 (Democrats are to morals what an Etch-A-Sketch is to Art.)
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To: FreeManDC
Henney Youngman:

Q: Why do Jewish men die before their wives?

A: They WANT to. (ta-da-bump!)

32 posted on 01/30/2008 10:52:01 AM PST by pabianice
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To: FreeManDC
The reason that the American Heart Association is running this campaign is because many woman have heart problems that go undiagnosed. Doctors are in the habit of screening men for heart disease, because, yes, it is more prevalent in men. That doesn't mean that women shouldn't also be screened, and the AHA is simply making women aware of that. Many times, women in their 50's start having problems with their heart, that they dismiss as symptoms of menopause. These problems could be fixed, if caught early enough, but they're usually not, so making women aware of this can be extremely helpful.

I don't know why you're making this into such a gender thing. Men DO get screened, and heart disease in men has gotten the lion's share of research dollars in the past. I'm glad this research has been done, but I never got my knickers in a twist over it because they weren't doing as much research on women at the time.

I'm just thankful that my own doctor was interested enough in the symptoms I was having on Christmas Day that he seconded my desire to go to the ER. Turns out, my heart function was down to 15%. It had nothing to do with disease, thank goodness, they think it was a virus that attacked my heart, but my Doc put the symptoms together and assumed it was a problem with my heart, when I just thought it was bronchitis, or walking pneumonia, on top of menopause.

33 posted on 01/30/2008 10:52:36 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: FreeManDC
This is just a bit weird. The AHA does plenty for heart disease regardless of gender.

Women's symptoms when they have a heart attack are often not like those that would be expected. They can often have a heart attack and not even know that is what it was. Because of that, they may not seek medical treatment - at least, not in time. (My mother had a heart attack and never knew it until years later. By the, of course, the damage to her heart was killing her.)

In addition, heart disease is growing at a much faster rate among women than men.

So, I don't have a problem with this effort by the AHA to draw attention to these issues. It doesn't mean they aren't doing anything for men.

34 posted on 01/30/2008 10:53:31 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: FreeManDC

“Back in 1920, men and women had almost identical life spans. But the looming threat of heart disease widened that gap.”

I call Bullsh—

I bet they are using average life span for the comparison.

Childbirth used to be much more risky than it is today. When the death-during-childbirth rates dropped, the average lifespan for women went up.


35 posted on 01/30/2008 10:55:24 AM PST by live+let_live
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To: untrained skeptic
There seems to be a lot of misplaced anger in this article….Because it if primarily men who suffer from heart disease, the majority of the funding for heard disease research is already going to help men.

The Go Red for Women program is probably the result of Women who are active in supporting Heart Disease awareness feeling like women get left out because most of the generalized programs end up concentrating on men.


I think you are right. There is a perception that it is mostly men who suffer and die from heart disease but in truth, more women die from heart disease than do from breast cancer, yet most heart disease programs and heart disease drugs and cholesterol lowering drugs are targeted toward men and a very large amount of money is being spent on breast cancer (a very worthy cause and not to be ignored) but to ignore women in heart disease research who are equally at risk, is to ignore almost half of the entire population.

I had a woman friend in her late 30’s who was told, despite her symptoms and without any diagnostic tests, was told she not having heart problems. She soon after had a near fatal heart attack. If her doctor’s had not ignored her clinical symptoms in time and dismissed her based on the current research and risk factors primarily focused on men and their risk factors, she may have not suffered a near fatal and very debilitating heart attack. If her husband and presented with the very same risk factors and symptoms had gone to his doctor, he would have been given a stress test and other diagnostic tests and his symptoms would not have been passed off as having PMS and “emotional problems”.

The Go Red for Women program is only meant to heighten awareness among women that they are also at risk and not immune from heart disease.

And what about men who keel over from heart disease in their 40s and 50s? What happens to their wives and children?

And what happens to husbands and their children and grand children when a woman in her 40’s or 50’s; a wife and mother and grandmother, dies an early and possibly preventable death due to heart disease. Is her death any less felt by her husband and family?
36 posted on 01/30/2008 10:59:13 AM PST by Caramelgal (Rely on the spirit and meaning of the teachings, not on the words or superficial interpretations)
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To: Caramelgal
And what happens to husbands and their children and grand children when a woman in her 40’s or 50’s; a wife and mother and grandmother, dies an early and possibly preventable death due to heart disease. Is her death any less felt by her husband and family?

Precisely!

37 posted on 01/30/2008 11:07:27 AM PST by SuziQ
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