OSWEGO, NY – Oswego Health employees are encouraging community members to join them on February 1 in supporting National Wear Red Day in an effort to increase awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of women.
The goal of this national initiative is to alert women about their risk for heart disease and motivate them to take steps to lower their risk.
Cardiovascular disease kills more than 435,000 women each year, which is about one every minute.
To reduce the chance of a heart attack for both women and men, Kathleen Whitney, R.N., of the Lakeside Heart Center, recommends regular exercise, a low fat diet, and yearly blood work that checks the cholesterol level.
She also encourages people to become educated on the risk factors, signs and symptoms of heart disease.
The centerpiece of the Wear Red campaign is the red dress, which has become the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness.
National Wear Red Day has an easy dress code.
Those who participate are asked to wear their favorite red clothes or accessory – a red blouse, handbag or sport a red tie and red socks.
Those wearing red on February 1 show their support for women and the fight against heart disease.
As part of Oswego Health’s heart month initiatives that promote good heart health, Cardiologist Thomas Grady Jr., MD, will present an Ask The Doctor program at 6 p.m. on February 11 in the Oswego Health Services Center, which is adjacent to Oswego Hospital.
An accomplished physician in his specialty and affiliated with SJH Cardiology Associates, Dr. Grady joined the active medical staff of Oswego Hospital in December.
He is providing care to hospital patients and has office hours for community members in suite 270 of the Oswego Health Services Center.
Another Oswego Health heart-related program, the Lakeside Heart Center, located at 177 W. Fourth St., in Oswego, provides cardiac rehabilitation and adult fitness classes to community members that have recently experienced a cardiac event.