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Martha Burger is matching all donations to the Go Red For Women campaign up to $25000.

The American Heart Association’s 2012-2013 Go Red For Women campaign is off to a great start, thanks to a substantial gift from someone who believes in the cause.

Martha Burger has pledged $25,000 to the campaign. She is challenging individuals, companies and foundations to make a gift to benefit the fight against heart disease in women, and she will match those gifts up to $25,000.

Burger is the senior vice president of human and corporate resources at Chesapeake Energy, where she has worked since 1994.

For Burger, the Go Red For Women mission is personal. Her mother had high blood pressure, which led to a stroke while she was in her 40s, and her father suffered from congestive heart failure. Burger gets regular checkups and manages her own risk through medications, diet and exercise.

Through her donation, Burger hopes to bring greater attention to heart disease in women, which accounts for one in three deaths in women. As the No. 1 killer of women, heart disease leads to more deaths in women than all forms of cancer combined.

Funds raised for Go Red For Women are allocated specifically for women’s research and education.

“Most women don’t realize how high their risk of heart disease is,” Burger said. “It is our biggest threat, but often we don’t know the symptoms and aren’t taking appropriate steps to prevent heart disease.”

The Go Red For Women campaign culminates with the Go Red luncheon and educational event on May 10, 2013, at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel.

This movement’s goal is to reverse the misconception that heart disease is a man’s issue. In fact, more women than men die each year from heart disease. One problem women face is that their symptoms can be more subtle and may go unnoticed for a longer period of time.

SYMPTOMS OF HEART ATTACK IN WOMEN

Women often have different symptoms from men (who usually have sharp pain in the center of the chest)

  • Chest discomfort that feels like pressure or fullness
  • Pain in the jaw, arms, back or neck
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat
  • Lightheadedness

If a woman has these symptoms for longer than five minutes, she should call 9-1-1.

To join Martha Burger in supporting the cause, make checks payable to the American Heart Association. Checks may be mailed to the American Heart Association at 5700 North Portland, Suite 203, Oklahoma City, OK 73112.

Online donations can be made at www.heart.org/okcgoredluncheon.

Go Red for Women is sponsored nationally by Macy’s and Merck.

In Oklahoma City, the presenting sponsor is Coppermark Bank.

For more information about sponsorships for the Go Red for Women luncheon, call 405-948-2147.

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