Submitted by Oswego Health
Oswego Health employees are encouraging community members to join them on Friday, February 4th 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.
“The Wear Red Day raises awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of women,” said Colette Badger, a registered nurse at the Lakeside Heart Center, operated by Oswego Health. “Women should become knowledgeable of heart attack symptoms, which may be different from a man’s. Women might get tingling or discomfort in their shoulder or the middle of the back, or may experience what they think is a toothache. They may not have the elephant on their chest feeling that men may experience.”
To reduce the chance of a heart attack for both women and men, Kathleen Whitney, R.N., also 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 4th show their support for women and the fight against heart disease.
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.
The Oswego Health care system includes the Oswego Hospital, The Manor at Seneca Hill skilled nursing facility, Springside at Seneca Hill retirement living community and services across Oswego County. For more information, call (315) 349-5500 or visit oswegohealth.org.