January 27, 2012

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 3. 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. In fact, cardiovascular disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. According to the American Heart Association:

  • Only 13% of women view heart disease as a health threat, even though it’s women's number one killer.
  • Cardiovascular disease kills more than 480,000 women a year, about one per minute.
  • One in three adult females and males in the United States suffers from a form of cardiovascular disease.
  • Cardiovascular disease claims more lives than the next four most common causes of death combined.
  • On average, an American dies of cardiovascular disease every 35 seconds.
  • Coronary heart disease is the number one single killer of women over age 25.
  • 64% of women who died suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms.
  • Heart disease rates in post-menopausal women are two to three times higher than in pre-menopausal women of the same age.
  • Stroke is the number three cause of death for American women, and is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability.
  • Stroke kills more women than men. In 2003, females represented 61% of stroke deaths.

“Increasing awareness about the threat of this disease is key 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 quickly. 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 nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals and is an accredited Level III chest pain center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. In addition, MRMC has a Healthy Hearts Education Group that offers free quarterly programs to promote self-care and management of heart disease.