Methodist Healthcare Ministries supports the American Heart Association

Heart disease is our nation's #1 killer, causing 40.6 percent of all deaths. Each year, nearly 50,000 Texans die from cardiovascular disease and stroke, and nearly 2 million Texans suffer from cardiovascular disease. In an effort to prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. is proudly sponsoring several American Heart Association events in 2016, including the celebration of American Heart Month in February.

On Feb. 5, Methodist Healthcare Ministries participated in National Wear Red Day®, the American Heart Association's national movement to increase awareness of heart disease in women. Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Fortunately, 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. Every year, National Wear Red Day® aims to inspire women to take charge of their heart health. To learn more, visit

On Feb. 25, Methodist Healthcare Ministries will contribute $2,500 to be a Learn Red Sponsor at the Go Red for Women Luncheon in San Antonio. More women die from heart disease than from all forms of cancer combined. Because mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends are all at risk of heart disease and stroke, the purpose of the luncheon will be to inform attendees to catch the red flags, and encourage women to know their heart health story. Go Red For Women inspires women to make lifestyle changes, mobilize communities, and shape policies to save lives. United, we are all working to improve the health of women in our community. For more information on the luncheon, click here.

On Feb. 27, Methodist Healthcare Ministries will contribute $10,000 to be a Presenting Level Sponsor at the Vestido Rojo Conference, an initiative to address the needs of Hispanic women in San Antonio. Heart disease is the number one cause of death for Hispanic women. The Vestido Rojo conference is being held in conjunction with Go Red Por Tu Corazon, the American Heart Association's nationwide movement that celebrates the energy, passion and power of Hispanic women to band together and wipe out heart disease. The movement is activated by a combination of special community events, presentations, and media to elevate awareness and give Hispanic women tips and information. The conference will empower women with knowledge and tools so they can take positive action to protect their health. For more information on this free event, which will include health screenings, nutrition workshops, presentations and more, click here.

On May 7, Methodist Healthcare Ministries will contribute $5,000 to be a Creating Hope Table Sponsor at the San Antonio Heart Ball. For one night each year, the American Heart Association brings together an audience of decision makers from across San Antonio, in an opportunity to not only raise critical dollars to support the American Heart Association's mission but also create life-saving awareness. This year's event is focused on creating awareness and how to recognize the signs of stroke. Funds raised through the San Antonio Heart Ball supports many local efforts in our community. To learn more about this elite black tie event that is expected to bring in prominent members of the health, philanthropic and local business communities, click here.

On May 13, Methodist Healthcare Ministries will be a top level sponsor at the Go Red for Women Luncheon in Corpus Christi, Texas by contributing $35,000. The luncheon will provide women of all generations with tips and information on healthy eating, exercise, and risk factor reduction, such as smoking cessation, weight maintenance, blood pressure control and blood cholesterol management. For more information on the luncheon, visit

The American Heart Association movement continues to reach women, men, health care professionals, policy makers, and even celebrities to embrace and elevate the cause of heart disease. Thanks to the participation of millions of people across the country people are living stronger, longer lives. For more information on the American Heart Association, and for helpful resources, visit