LB Memorial staff “Wear Red” to promote Heart Health

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Long Beach Memorial (LBM) employees have raised awareness of heart disease this month by wearing red and hosting the annual Women’s Heart & Stroke Seminar earlier this month, both events attracting hundreds of participants.

While most people know heart disease is the No. 1 killer in women, that doesn’t change the alarming facts: twice as many American women die from heart disease and stroke than from all types of cancer combined.

To help the women of Los Angeles and Orange counties better understand how they can avoid becoming another statistic, Long Beach Memorial hosted the Women’s Heart and Stroke Seminar focusing on the prevention and detection of heart disease on February 6.

Nearly 100 women filled the Houssels Forum to learn about topics including recognition and management of atrial fibrillation as well as how to manage and monitor risk factors. Participants lined up for heart and stroke screenings consisting of blood pressure, cholesterol and non-fasting blood glucose tests.

The Women’s Heart and Stroke Seminar is one of the many ways MemorialCare Heart and Vascular Institute (MHVI) at Long Beach Memorial is raising awareness of this “silent killer” of women. Other events in February included National Wear Red Day, a Heart Healthy Dinner and a community lecture.

Pictured above: More than 100 hospital employees from Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach wore red on Feb. 5, National Wear Red Day, to raise awareness of heart disease in women.

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