Silent killer has lawmakers seeing red

P.O.W.E.R. and Senetor Jean Breaux (center with paper) raising awareness about the number one killer of women in Indiana

This week at the Indiana General Assembly, the

ladies in red were female lawmakers dressed to call out a killer.

"An estimated 24 women die

from heart disease and stroke in Indiana each day," according to a news

release highlighting the effort to "Go Red for Women."

"Heart disease, the leading cause of

death in the state, claimed the lives of 6,854 Hoosier women in

2007."

Eighteen female legislators wore red

Wednesday in support of the cause and to raise awareness of the issue.

Senator Jean Breaux, D-Indianapolis, is

president of the Political Organization for Women's Education and

Representation (P.O.W.E.R.). The group which coordinated with the American

Heart Association on the project.

"Heart disease is the number one killer of women

in Indiana," Breaux said in the release. "Our goal is to help women recognize

that heart disease is a serious threat and shouldn't be taken lightly. I'm glad

that we are able to see past party lines and support this great cause."

In 2010, the American Heart Association set a

strategic goal of reducing death and disability from cardiovascular disease and

strokes by 20 percent while improving the cardiovascular health of all

Americans by 20 percent by the year 2020.

P.O.W.E.R.

is a volunteer group spearheaded by female legislators in the Indiana general

Assembly to bring awareness to issues facing Hoosier women.

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