PORTLAND, OR, May 9, 2023 — The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization devoted to world of healthier lives for all, announces Abigail Khan, Oregon Health & Science University cardiologist, as the community volunteer chair of the 2023 Oregon & SW Washington area Go Red for Women movement. Go Red for Women is a worldwide initiative of the American Heart Association designed to increase women’s heart health awareness and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women locally, nationally, and globally.

Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States, claiming more lives each year than all forms of cancer combined. Cardiovascular disease continues to be a woman’s greatest health threat, taking the life of one in every three women.

“I support the American Heart Association because of its sustained commitment to improving the cardiovascular health of all Oregonians through education, research, and advocacy,” Khan said. “This year I am especially happy to chair the Go Red for Women initiative. As a woman who has been personally and professionally impacted by cardiovascular disease, I know there is so much work to be done to improve the health of our communities. I am committed to partnering with the Association to do this vital work.”

“We are thrilled to have Abby’s experience, conviction and passion help to drive Go Red in Oregon and southwest Washington. Together, we know that we will have a positive impact on the lives of women in our community and the families that depend on them,” said Nick Brodnicki, American Heart Association executive director for Oregon and southwest Washington.

This year’s Go Red for Women movement and its local achievements will be celebrated on September 27, 2023 at the Oregon & SW Washington Go Red for Women Luncheon, sponsored by OHSU.

For more information about Go Red for Women visit heart.org/oregon or call 503-820-5300.


About Go Red for Women®

The American Heart Association’s signature initiative, Go Red for Women®, is a comprehensive platform designed to increase women’s heart health awareness and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women globally. While the majority of cardiac events can be prevented, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women, claiming the lives of 1 in 3 women. For 19 years, Go Red for Women has encouraged awareness. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power of women to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them tools they need to lead a heart healthy life. The Go Red for Women movement is nationally sponsored by CVS Health, with additional support from national cause supporters. For more information, please visit GoRedforWomen.org or call 1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721)

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org/oregon or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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