LB Memorial and Miller Children’s Hospital Employees Wear Red to Raise Awareness
2013-02-05 · By Editor
Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach employees kicked-off National Heart Awareness Month by celebrating National Wear Red Day on Feb. 1. Dressed in their best red attire, nearly 100 hospital employees formed a giant “human heart” to raise awareness of the No. 1 killer of American women – heart disease.
According to the American Heart Association, “only 1 in 5 women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat,” yet more women die of heart disease than all other cancers combined. National Wear Red Day is one way that the Center for Women’s Cardiac Health & Research, sponsored by the MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute (MHVI) at Long Beach Memorial is raising awareness of this “silent killer” of women.
“Women spend a lot of their time caring for others and often take little time to care for themselves,” says Cindy Peters, RN, MSN, ACP, manager, Center for Women’s Cardiac Health and Research. “Debunking the myth of heart disease as a man’s disease is crucial to raising awareness and ending this medical epidemic. This deadly disease can be preventable if women are aware of the risks and adopt healthy lifestyles that benefit them mentally and physically.”
The Center for Women’s Cardiac Health and Research Program is individualized to the unique needs of women and offers a comprehensive cardiovascular evaluation. The program focuses on early detection and prevention strategies to improve life-long health and well-being.
Other events in celebration of National Heart Awareness Month include the Heart Healthy Dinner on Feb. 20 and the Women’s Heart and Stroke Seminar on Feb.23.