Why I Go Red

Why I Go Red

By Vitiello Communications Group

“Your husband has 90 percent blockage in all three arteries.”

I stared at the cardiologist, who had spoken these words, and looked around the packed waiting room at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. “I’m Jill Vitiello – Mike’s wife. You must be looking for someone else.”

Mike is a fun-loving, hardworking, multi-tasking guy. He is fit, active and energetic. And his angiogram revealed he needed three stents to save his life.

Mike had none of the classic symptoms of heart disease. But he’s heard me talking about the Go Red for Women movement for years. So when he experienced a surge in blood pressure and a weird dizzy spell, he decided to see the doctor. Mike’s nuclear stress test showed some anomalies, and he agreed to the angiogram. Thank you, Mike.

That was last August, and today, Mike is doing great.

Tomorrow is National Wear Red Day. And you better believe Mike and I will be wearing red in celebration of his good health. The fabulous team at Vitiello Communications Group (VTLO) will be dressed in shades of crimson, scarlet, burgundy and perhaps even fuchsia on Friday, February 6, too. You can read their personal reasons for “going red” on our Facebook page. I invite you to join us.

Since 2003, the event has helped raise awareness that heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women. For the past several years, it has been my privilege to serve on the Garden State Go Red for Women Luncheon Executive Leadership Team. It was through my involvement with the Go Red Movement that I became educated about the risks of heart disease for women and men. Each year, it has been my mission to share that education with other women by inviting them to attend the Garden State Go Red Luncheon with me. I have evangelized dozens of women, including my mom, daughters, friends, employees and business associates. On May 14, 2015, my guest of honor at the Garden State Go Red Luncheon is going to be Mike. I hope to see you there!

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