Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Employees Wear Red to Raise Awareness of Women’s Heart Disease
2015-02-10 · By Editor
Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach employees
kicked-off American Heart Month by celebrating National Wear Red Day on Friday, Feb. 6. Dressed in their best red attire, hospital employees gathered outside to form a giant “human heart” to raise awareness of the No. 1 killer of American women and to support the millions of women affected by heart disease.
According to the American Heart Association, “heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women each year,” yet more women still believe that their number one threat is breast cancer. By supporting National Wear Red Day the Center for Women’s Cardiac Heath & Research, sponsored by the MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Long Beach Memorial hopes to raise awareness of this disease which is 80 percent preventable with proper education and lifestyle changes.
“For a very long time heart disease has been thought of as a bigger threat for men than women,” says Cindy Peters, RN, MSN, ACP, Manager, Center for Women’s Cardiac Health & Research, Long Beach Memorial. “The fact is that women are equally, if not more, affected by heart disease than men. This lack of awareness makes heart disease more deadly in women because the symptoms are often ignored until they become very serious.”
While men show traditional symptoms of heart disease such as chest pains or heart palpations, women show symptoms such as fatigue, soreness in arms or shoulders and back pain, which are easily dismissed if you do not know the warning signs of heart disease. By familiarizing women with the various types of heart disease and their symptoms the Center for Women’s Cardiac Health & Research at Long Beach Memorial is helping with the American Heart Association’s mission to prevent up to one fourth of annual heart disease deaths.
Individualized to the unique needs of women, the Center for Women’s Cardiac Health & Research at Long Beach Memorial offers a comprehensive cardiovascular evaluation just for women. The Center for Women’s Cardiac Health & Research focuses on early detection and prevention strategies to improve women’s life-long health and well-being.