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Celebrating Pride Month in the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate

The American Heart Association is celebrating LGBTQ Pride month this June by sharing resources and participating in different events across the country.

Teri Arnold, Marketing and Communications Director for the Hampton Roads, Virginia region and Communications Officer for AHA’s Hearts With Pride Employee Resource Group, recently told her heart attack survivor story at the Baltimore Go Red For Women Luncheon on the first day of LGBTQ Pride Month. Her story highlights her relationship with her now ex-wife and how heart disease became a burden too heavy to bear. Watch Teri Arnold’s heart disease story.

In March, AHA released preliminary research showing lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) adults were less likely than heterosexuals to have ideal cardiovascular health.  These preliminary findings underscore the importance of reducing cardiovascular risks among LGB adults, although additional research is necessary.  Read more about the research’s preliminary findings in the AHA newsroom.

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