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Go RED for Women

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Springs Memorial Hospital asks women to wear red on Feb. 1

Springs Memorial Hospital

On Friday, Feb. 1, Springs Memorial Hospital will once again join the American Heart Association’s National Go Red for Women campaign and is inviting all of Lancaster and the surrounding area, both males and females, to join with them on this day by wearing the color red.  

This year, The American Heart Association (AHA) is challenging America to “Go Red” bigger than ever. Wearing the color red on Feb. 1 is a symbol of the hospital increasing the awareness of cardiovascular-disease prevention in women.

Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer in women.

 AHA launched National Wear Red Day in 2003 to bring attention to cardiovascular disease, which claimed the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year.

In 2004, the AHA created Go Red for Women to educate women on heart disease, help women come together to show their support and increase funding for heart disease research and treatments for those in need.

Since the first National Wear Red Day 10 years ago, tremendous strides have been made in the fight against heart disease in women, including:

  • 21 percent fewer women dying from heart disease
  • 23 percent more women aware that it is their top health threat
  • The publishing of gender-specific results, established differences in symptoms and responses to medications and women-specific guidelines for prevention and treatment
  • Legislation to help end gender disparities

Springs Memorial Hospital will continue its education of heart disease for National Heart Month with its first quarter Healthy Woman event on Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. in The Bistro at SMH.

This quarter’s event is titled “A Fair of the Heart” and features Dr. Mark Ciminelli of Carolina Heart Specialists and Shere McKittrick, nurse manager of Cardiac Cath Lab with SMH.  

Also on the program for the evening is Hugh Mobley, owner and pharmacist of Mobley Drugs.

Carolina Heart Specialists and Mobley Drugs are both business partners of the Healthy Woman program.  

If you are interested in attending this event, please go to www.springsmemorial.com and click on the Healthy Woman logo.

Springs Memorial Hospital is an accredited Chest Pain Center.

Accreditation is a process through which the Society of Chest Pain Centers evaluates the care of a facility surrounding the treatment of patients who present to   the hospital with symptoms of a heart attack.

The intent of this accreditation is to ensure facilities meet or exceed quality of care measures based on improving the process for the care of the acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patient.

SMH has been an accredited Chest Pain Center since 2008.

For more information about the national Go Red for Women, please visit www.GoRedForWomen.org.     

Remember to wear red on Friday, Feb. 1.