Wear Red Day Challenge First of Several Heart Health Awareness Activities in February
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 1, 2013) – TriStar Centennial Medical Center team members showed their support of raising awareness about women’s heart health by wearing red today in honor of the American Heart Association’s annual Wear Red Day.
Participation extended to TriStar Centennial campus locations at TriStar Ashland City in Cheatham County, Tenn., and the new TriStar ER Spring Hill in Spring Hill, Tenn.
2013 marks a decade for national campaign devoted to fighting the number one killer of women: heart disease. More than 500,000 women die of heart disease each year and the AHA continues working with community partners and leaders to change those numbers.
“We believe it’s important to take every opportunity to raise awareness about heart health for our community, especially for women who have unique heart health risks in comparison to their male counterparts,” said Georgette Fedor, administrative director of the TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center in Nashville, Tenn. “Living heart healthy is important all year long, though February is a fun time for us to share information about prevention, risk factors, and diagnostic options for heart disease.”
In addition to going ‘Red,’ the cardiovascular staff is working with nutrition services to host healthy cooking demonstrations in the main hospital cafeteria each week in February. Copies of the recipes will be available to take home.
“We hope our activities will help everyone think a little more about how important it is to be good to our hearts,” Fedor said. “Every positive lifestyle change we make is good for our own health and may also inspire those around us to make healthier choices, too.”
According to the AHA great strides have been made in the fight against heart disease in women since the campaign launched, including:
- 21% fewer women dying from heart disease;
- 23% more women aware that it's their No. 1 health threat;
- Publishing of gender-specific results, established differences in symptoms and responses to medications and women-specific guidelines for prevention and treatment; and
- Legislation to help end gender disparities.
For more information about heart health, personal stories from heart survivors, and cardiovascular services provided at TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center, visit TriStarHealth.com and select TriStar Centennial Medical Center or call TriStar MedLine® at (615) 342-1919.
Celebrating 45 years of providing quality healthcare to Nashville, Middle Tennessee and the surrounding region, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is a 657-bed comprehensive facility offering medical and surgical programs including behavioral health, 24-hour emergency, heart and vascular, imaging, neurosciences, oncology, orthopaedics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, sleep disorder, and women’s services. An affiliate of TriStar Health, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is home to TriStar Centennial Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s, TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center, as well as TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion, one of the oldest and largest full-service psychiatric facilities in the region. Round-the-clock care is also available at TriStar Ashland City, a critical access hospital in nearby Cheatham County. The new TriStar Emergency Room located in Spring Hill will provide 24-hour emergency care for nearby Spring Hill, Tenn., and surrounding communities when it opens in 2013. For more information about the services offered and health plans accepted by TriStar Centennial Medical Center or TriStar Health, call TriStar MedLine® at (615) 342-1919 or (800) 242-5662, or visit TriStarHealth.com and choose TriStar Centennial Medical Center. TriStar Centennial Medical Center is located at 2300 Patterson Street in Nashville.