January 23, 2013
Maury Regional encourages participation in National Wear Red Day to promote awareness of cardiovascular disease
COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) is encouraging individuals to assist them in promoting awareness of cardiovascular disease by participating in National Wear Red Day on February 1. The annual event provides Americans an opportunity to show their support for women’s heart health by wearing red. Cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer of both men and women, according to the American Heart Association:
- Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.
- An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease.
- Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
- Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease.
- The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women and men, and are often misunderstood.
- While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 dies of heart disease.
- Only 1 in 5 American women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat.
- Women comprise only 24 percent of participants in all heart-related studies.
“Increasing awareness about the threat of this disease is imperative to changing these statistics for women,” said Administrative Director of Cardiovascular Services Cathy Malone. “Both men and women should be more aware of the signs and symptoms and contact 9-1-1 immediately if they think they may be having a problem.”
Warning signs of a heart attack include tightness or pain in the chest, discomfort in other parts of the upper body such as the back or jaw, shortness of breath, unusual fatigue and nausea. Individuals may not experience all of these signs together and warning signs often present differently in women than men. Anyone who thinks they might be experiencing heart problems should call 9-1-1 immediately.
According to Malone, emergency responders are equipped to begin treatment immediately and relay vital information to the hospital while in route to the Emergency Department. Physicians and staff are then waiting for the patient and can begin treatment immediately. Treatments may include intervention in the cardiac catheterization lab to open the blocked vessel or, in severe cases, open heart surgery.
“Time is heart muscle,” said Malone. “Once you have damage, it can’t be reversed. That’s why it is so important to call 9-1-1.”
MRMC has been recognized as one of the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in the United States and is an accredited Level III chest pain center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. MRMC’s Healthy Hearts Education Group offers quarterly programs to promote self-care and management of heart disease. Healthy Hearts will next meet on February 28 at 6 p.m. in the William R. Walter Educational Conference Room of the MRMC Annex at 1223½ Trotwood Avenue in Columbia. There is no charge to attend meetings and the public is invited. For more information, call 381.1111, extension 4343.