2009-02-20 / Community

SJEH Observes National Wear Red Day

Pictured with the St. John's Episcopal Hospital staff is Assemblywoman Titus (center), Lynore Dupiton, RN, Vice President of Patient Care Services at St. John's (rt. of Titus), and John Gupta, Chief Executive Officer of St. John's (behind Dupiton). Pictured with the St. John's Episcopal Hospital staff is Assemblywoman Titus (center), Lynore Dupiton, RN, Vice President of Patient Care Services at St. John's (rt. of Titus), and John Gupta, Chief Executive Officer of St. John's (behind Dupiton). Wear Red Day

The staff of St. John's Episcopal Hospital joined New York State Assemblywoman Michele Titus to observe National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 6.

The American Heart Association holds Wear Red Day to raise awareness of the risks of heart disease for women.

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States.

A recent study, conducted by Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA, notes that women who called 9-1-1 complaining of cardiac symptoms were 52 percent more likely than men to experience delays during emergency medical services (EMS) care.

The data did not reveal why women were more likely to be delayed, but other research suggests heart conditions may not be recognized as readily, thus leading to slower response times.

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