Memorial Hospital wearing red to raise awareness for heart disease
February is American Heart Month and today is National Wear Red Day.
To show their support and raise awareness, Memorial Hospital employees and staff took part in the movement.
Wear Red Day is a day set aside to raise and spread awareness in hopes to help eradicate heart disease and stroke in millions of women all over the nation.
According to the American Heart Association’s 2022 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistical Update, cardiovascular disease remains the greatest health threat for women.
While the majority of cardiac events can be prevented, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women, claiming the lives of one in three women. Memorial Hospital Nurse Practitioner Kristian Spear said, “This is a day that we are encouraging everybody to stop, particularly women who may not always be paying close attention to their heart health, but stop and take a moment to reassess what your heart health is. Do you know your blood pressure? Do you know your cholesterol? When is the last time you went and got a checkup? What can you do, little things you can do.”
To help prevent heart disease, it is important not to smoke or use tobacco, aim for at least 30 to 60 minutes of activity daily, eat a heart-healthy diet, and maintain a healthy weight.