A black woman inspired me to go into Cardiology. Only in her 40s, she had terrible heart failure that had gone undiagnosed for years, and had been admitted to the hospital several times in the last month. Over the course of her admission, I got to know her some. She told me about the early symptoms that she, and later, the doctors she first presented to, ignored. About the impossibilities of making her appointments with her inflexible service job.
Since that patient , I’ve met many more patients like her. That’s why I’ve chosen to #RockARedLipChallenge and #GoRed- to raise awareness that Black women are at an exceptional risk for Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD) as presented by the American Heart Association.
❣️I #GoRed underneath my mask to signify the silent threat of heart disease. ❣️I #GoRed because we can’t just eliminate health disparities without the first step: education. ❣️I #GoRed because from now through May, @goclove will be dedicating their dollars and platform to support the @american_heart’s efforts to break down health inequities. ❣️ I # nominate @edna.md , @daniellebelardomd , @drmarthagulati, @ssg.to.mdphd, and @physiciandoodles to #GoRed: to be more aggressive in our efforts to detect CVD facing Black womxn both inside and outside the hospital.
📍𝘽𝙚 𝙨𝙪𝙧𝙚 𝘁𝗮𝗴 @𝗴𝗼𝗰𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 #𝗚𝗼𝗥𝗲𝗱 & #𝙍𝙤𝙘𝙠𝘼𝙍𝙚𝙙𝙇𝙞𝙥𝘾𝙝𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙣𝙜𝙚 𝘁𝗼 𝗷𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗺𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗽𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗲𝘀!