Raising awareness for heart health during National Heart Month

Employees at Memorial Hospital wore red today to increase awareness during National Heart Month.

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S., taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined. According to the American Heart Association, the disease claims more lives of women than men.

The Cardiovascular Center at Memorial has been investing and improving in new technologies and one new device that decreases hospitalization for heart failure by 80 percent is a new wireless pillow that monitors people’s fluids. Dr. Antoine Rizk said, “The prevention is really the same. In other words, you need to be healthy and you need to eat healthy and have a healthy lifestyle and make sure that if you have any of the risk factors which are the high blood pressure to be treated. Diabetes needs to be strictly treated. You should not smoke. Some people really do everything right and they still get it because there’s a big part, which is genetics.”

For more information on other new devices or heart disease, visit wearememorial.com.

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