On Valentine's Day, Abbott Urges Women to Take Heart With Launch of 'Faces of Heart Disease' Exhibit to Raise Heart Health Awareness

Thursday, February 14, 2008 General News
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ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Feb. 13 This Valentine's Day,Abbott and the American Heart Association are launching the "Faces of HeartDisease" educational poster exhibit to urge women in Illinois to givethemselves and their loved ones the gift of a healthier heart by reducingtheir risk for heart disease.

About Go Red for Women

Since 2004, Go Red For Women has captured the energy, passion, andintelligence of women to work collectively to wipe out heart disease -- theNo. 1 killer of women. Today, we want millions of women across America totake heart disease personally. Go Red For Women engages these women -- andthe men who love them -- to embrace the cause. Health care providers,celebrities, and politicians also elevate the cause and spread the word aboutwomen and heart disease. For more information about Go Red For Women, pleasecall 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278) or visit http://www.GoRedForWomen.org.The movement is nationally sponsored by Macy's and Merck.

About Abbott

In addition to raising awareness through campaigns like Go Red for Women,Abbott is committed to developing new drugs and medical devices to treat heartdisease and related conditions. With diagnostic tests, pharmaceuticalproducts, nutritional products and vascular stents to help diagnose and treatheart disease, Abbott has one of the world's leading heart disease andvascular care businesses.

Abbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to thediscovery, development, manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceuticals andmedical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. Thecompany employs 65,000 people and markets its products in more than 130countries. Abbott's news releases and other information are available on thecompany's Web site at http://www.abbott.com.

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Go Red for Women: (http://www.goredforwomen.org/)

American Heart Association: (http://www.americanheart.org/)(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080213/AQW118) News Facts -- Unveiled at the Illinois State Capitol on Valentine's Day, the "Faces of Heart Disease" is a poster series featuring personal stories of local women who have recovered from heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women in Illinois and across the country, with one out of every three women dying from heart disease. These real-life survivors are sharing their experiences to inspire other women to improve their heart health. -- Illinois state legislators, including members of the bipartisan Conference of Women Legislators, will "Go Red" on Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. in the Capitol Building in Springfield to show their support for heart disease awareness and treatment efforts, and to discuss the impact of heart disease on women across the state. -- The exhibit also will be on display at the Secretary of State's office in Springfield, as well as O'Hare International Airport, Macy's on State Street, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Lake Forest Hospital and other locations across Chicagoland. -- As the first-ever Chicagoland Hometown Sponsor for the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women movement, Abbott (http://www.abbott.com) is partnering with the Association to raise awareness about heart disease. -- Women can join the Go Red for Women movement and take the free Go Red Heart CheckUp, an online 10-year assessment of their heart health at http://www.GoRedForWomen.org. Quotes "Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women across Illinois. It's critical that government, businesses, non-profit organizations and health care providers join forces across the state to ensure that every woman knows the facts about heart disease. I applaud Abbott and the American Heart Association for drawing attention to this important issue."

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