Robbinsville, NJ - The American Heart Association announced today that Mendham resident Linda D. Gillam, MD, MPH, Dorothy and Lloyd Huck Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine and Director of the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program at the Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center, will serve as chairwoman of the Eleventh Annual American Heart Association Garden State Go Red For Women Luncheon scheduled for Monday, May 13, 2013 at the Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, NJ.

The Garden State Go Red For Women Luncheon is the premier women's annual event in NJ focusing on cardiovascular health. As a cornerstone piece of the American Heart Association Go Red For Women movement, this social-educational event focuses on raising awareness and urging action to prevent or survive the No. 1 and No. 4 killers of women-heart disease and stroke. Nationally sponsored by Macy's and Merck & Co., Inc., this vibrant movement celebrates the energy passion and power that women have to band together to wipe out heart disease and stroke while living longer, stronger, heart-healthy lives.

As a graduate of McGill University, Queens University and Columbia University and finishing her cardiology fellowship training at the University of Toronto and Massachusetts General Hospital, Gillam specializes in echocardiography, valvular heart disease and heart disease in women. Currently a member of the board of directors of the National Board of Echocardiography and a member of the editorial boards of Circulation:Journal of the American Heart Association and Journal of the American College of Cardiology, -- Gillam has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, multiple book chapters and also served as co-editor of the textbook, Advanced Echocardiographic Techniques. Gillam is also former chair of the Women in Cardiology Committee of the American Heart Association and served on the leadership committee of the American Heart Association Council on Clinical Cardiology. As recipient of multiple awards including the Distinguished Service Award of the American College of Cardiology, Richard Popp Distinguished Teacher Award of the American Society of Echocardiography, the Women in Cardiology Mentoring Award of the American Heart Association Council on Clinical Cardiology, and the Laennec Lectureship Award of the American Heart Association, Gillam brings passion, expertise and leadership to the award-winning Go Red event.

"The Garden State Go Red For Women Luncheon is an opportunity for New Jersey executives, community leaders, educational advisors and others to come together in support of fight against the number one killer of women in our communities: cardiovascular disease," notes Gillam. "It is only through education, research and empowerment that we will one day live a life free of these devastating diseases."

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the American Heart Association Go Red For Women movement. In the past decade, major strides have been made in raising awareness and developing lifesaving treatment of cardiovascular diseases in women. In fact, more than 627,000 women's lives are estimated to have been saved nationwide which translates to nearly 330 fewer women dying per day from these deadly diseases. But the fight is far from over.

The American Heart Association notes that an estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease, with nearly 90 percent of women having one or more risk factors for developing cardiovascular issues. Heart disease causes one in three women's deaths each year killing approximately one woman every minute. The Go Red For Women movement is committed to fight against heart disease and stroke in women, for as long as it takes.

The Garden State Go Red For Women Luncheon raises funds to support this lifesaving movement, supporting cutting-edge research, community programs and professional education focused on cardiovascular health. For more information, sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets, call the American Heart Association at 609.223.3727.

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