2011-02-11 / Community

St. John’s Hospital Raises Heart Disease Awareness


The staff of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital gathered together dressed in red for National Wear Red Day, organized by the American Heart Association to highlight the risks of heart disease for women. At (l) St. John’s Episcopal Hospital nurse manager Ernestine Johnson, RN, takes the blood pressure of Rayna Velasquez of Far Rockaway, on February 4, which was National Wear Red Day, a day to raise awareness of the risks of heart disease to women. The staff of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital gathered together dressed in red for National Wear Red Day, organized by the American Heart Association to highlight the risks of heart disease for women. At (l) St. John’s Episcopal Hospital nurse manager Ernestine Johnson, RN, takes the blood pressure of Rayna Velasquez of Far Rockaway, on February 4, which was National Wear Red Day, a day to raise awareness of the risks of heart disease to women. St. John’s Episcopal Hospital conducted blood pressure screenings for National Wear Red Day, held on Friday, February 4, to help raise awareness of the risks of heart disease for women.

The Hospital gave away educational literature and Wear Red pins. St. John’s also gave away pedometers to encourage women to exercise, one of the ways to help prevent and reduce the risks of heart disease.

According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, one in four women in the United States dies from heart disease. Coronary heart disease (CHD), which involves the heart’s blood vessels, is the most common type of heart disorder in women. CHD is a condition in which plaque builds up on the inner walls of the coronary arteries, causing them to narrow.

CHD can lead to serious heart problems, such as heart attack, heart failure, arrhythmias and sudden cardiac arrest.

Lifestyle changes, medicines, and medical or surgical procedures can help women reduce their risk of CHD. Early and ongoing prevention of CHD is important.

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