The numbers are telling: every minute someone dies from coronary heart disease making heart disease the leading cause of death in the United States. More than 630,000 people die from heart disease each year – representing more than one in every four deaths in the U.S.
Often referred to as a “silent killer” because symptoms generally do not appear before it’s too late, heart disease does not have to be a death sentence. Everyone can take steps to protect their heart by seeking medical care as soon as possible. Education, awareness, lifestyle choices and knowing what to do if you suspect someone is having a heart attack can make a significant difference in preventing heart disease or surviving a cardiac event.
As a month already dedicated to matters of the heart, February is the ideal time to focus attention on and build awareness about heart disease. Endorsed by Congress and the President of the United States, each year February is proclaimed American Heart Month, dedicated to eliminating heart disease as the leading cause of death in the U.S.
Throughout February, Manchester Memorial Hospital will be supporting the American Heart Month through various community programs, events and classes, including:
Heart Up: A giant 8 feet heart is being displayed on the hospital premises
Go RED Day: In honor of Heart Health Month, the Hospital is encouraging all employees and the community to wear RED on Friday, February 7th, as they GO RED across their facility.
For 7th Feb, the Hospital has also announced a competition on their Facebook page, where they are giving away free hair cuts/dyes and facials to the winners. For more information or to enter the competition, log on to https://www.facebook.com/manchestermemorial .
Free Screenings: In addition, the hospital’s Mission in Motion unit will be traveling to area schools and businesses to perform free cholesterol and blood pressure checks. If you are interested in having the Mission in Motion unit come to your place of business to perform screenings, contact the Community Outreach Coordinator, Jeremy Hacker at (606) 598-1095.
Healthy ‘RED’ Food Dishes in the Cafeteria: The Terrace Café at the hospital will be incorporating a heart healthy red dish in their menu every day for the whole month.
Manchester Memorial is also advocating heart health internally, with their month long “Take the stairs” challenge for employees. They encourage taking the stairs in your daily routine as well. They will also be at the 49th District tournament distributing information about being heart healthy and services available at Manchester Memorial.