American Heart & Stroke Association's Go Red for Women Campaign spotlighted on 200th "Circles of Change" Radio Show

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Host Dr. Zara Larsen partners with Carondelet Health Network to support the fight against heart disease in women

Go Red For Women

“Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women, killing ten times more than breast cancer, and more than all the cancers combined. It claims 500,000 women’s lives annually,”

Circles of Change with Dr. Zara Larsen: “Where Your Path is Created by Walking on It” celebrated the 200th live radio and web stream show on October 9th, featuring the American Heart Association & American Stroke Association’s Go Red for Women Campaign. “Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women, killing ten times more than breast cancer, and more than all the cancers combined. It claims 500,000 women’s lives annually,” said Nancy McCluskey-Moore, event chair for Tucson’s 8th Annual Go Red for Women luncheon coming November 5th.

Circles of Change”, on Journal Broadcasting’s 104.1 FM each Saturday features conversations with national experts, guests and entertaining live call-in and email questions. “The goal of our show is to provide pragmatic advice and unconventional wisdom, stressing personal accountability, taking action, and playing to what we are motivated to do and be – really leverage our natural giftedness,” said Dr. Zara Larsen, a renowned change leadership consultant, executive and career coach. “What better way is there to celebrate a milestone, than to feature a great organization and their compelling cause .”

Nearly two-thirds of American women who die suddenly of a heart attack had no prior symptoms, or none they thought required medical attention. Despite the sobering statistics shared during the four, 20-minute segments, a theme of hope surfaced. “A healthy lifestyle can lower the risk of heart disease by as much as 82%,” stressed Dr. Navin Kedia, an Invasive Cardiologist with Southwest Heart ( Dr. Kedia educates patients about the differences between coronary artery disease and heart failure. In answer to Dr. Larsen’s question, “Is heart disease in our genes?” Dr. Kedia responded, “People who want to know what risk is in their genes just need to look in their jeans. Diet, obesity, waist circumference, cholesterol, smoking, hypertension, diabetes, and family history all contribute to risk.”

A popular guest lecturer throughout Arizona, Dr. Rod Anderson contributed to the show as an expert on stroke prevention, diagnosis and treatment. “I was personally affected by my grandmother’s debilitating stroke, my career trajectory then set at an early age towards neurology and caring for stroke patients,” he said. Dr. Anderson is on a mission to inform people on how to survive a “brain attack” by recognizing the symptoms of stroke and taking quick action. One of only three board-certified vascular neurologists in Tucson with Western Neurosurgery, Ltd., he is also with the Carondelet Neurological Institute. Like Dr. Kedia, he stressed a healthy lifestyle and routine examinations are the best preventative medicine against stroke.

Dr. Larsen’s final guest was survivor Wendy Krause, a member of the Human Resources team at Carondelet Health Network. She is also a certified spiritual counselor and co-author of the book Your Angels Are Speaking. A vision of health, no one expected Wendy to have a life-threatening heart condition. But in August 2009 everything changed when she experienced chest pains and a burning sensation while running. Always lean and trim in build, following a healthy diet, no caffeine or smoking, regular exercise, and routine heart checkups, Wendy nonetheless was diagnosed with heart disease. “My blocked arteries were revealed in an angiogram. I then underwent bypass surgery,” she shared, “and I am now so committed to helping others inspire, encourage, and even prod family members and friends to get educated and take action against heart disease and stroke.”

“Today’s show was a unique opportunity to spotlight the Go Red for Women campaign, and no better time as we hit the 200th show milestone in just over two years,” said Dr. Larsen. “When it comes to embracing career and organizational change we must focus on the F’s to get an A in transition – your faith, family, friends, food, finances, fun, focus on others, and fitness – our physical and mental wellness to build resilience and endure stress”. “Circles of Change” airs live every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to noon PST on 104.1 FM or . A library of over 350 free podcast segments is available at or text drzara to 69852 to receive free mobile site links every Thursday ( .

The Southern Arizona 8th annual Go Red for Women luncheon is affiliated with the American Heart & Stroke Association’s national campaign, and will be held on Friday, November 5th at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa in Tucson, AZ. Each year over 400 women attend seminars, hear survivors’ stories, and are inspired by a dynamic keynote speaker while enjoying a heart-healthy lunch. Author and TV culinary personality Graham Kerr, “The Galloping Gourmet,” will appear this year to explain how he completely changed his style of cooking once his wife was diagnosed with heart disease.

As Diana Cannon, Executive Director closed, “We are passionate about raising funds to support research and getting the word out to educate all women and those who love and depend upon them so much.” To purchase a ticket for this educational fundraiser, call the American Heart & American Stroke Association at 520-795-1403 or visit

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