Go Red Day
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February is National American Heart Month and Murray-Calloway County Hospital is joining in the national effort to educate communities on the importance of being heart healthy. Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. That’s why this year we are asking that you wear red on National Wear Red Day® ,February 2, 2018, encourage others to do the same and make the time to Know Your Numbers. Five numbers that all women should know to take control of their heart health are: Total Cholesterol, HDL (good) Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Body Mass Index (BMI). Knowing these numbers can help women and their healthcare provider determine their risk for developing cardiovascular diseases.

During American Heart Month, Murray-Calloway County Hospital encourages our community to raise awareness about heart health by wearing RED on Friday, February 2. The hospital will join thousands of Americans nationwide in celebrating Go Red by asking all employees to wear red to work and encouraging community members to do the same.

To recognize Go Red, MCCH will be hosting a community screening event on Friday, February 2 from 7:30 am – 9 am in the North Tower Lobby (entrance across from MMS football field). FREE screenings will be provided by Wellness Works and include Blood Pressure, Body Mass Index, and Blood Sugar.

There will be education information provided by Murray Cardiology Associates affiliated with Dr. John Broadbent and Jennifer Little, APRN. Refreshments and give-a-ways will also be handed out.

A nutrition table hosted by Bariatric Solutions and Rebecca Wright, RD, LD will be available to answer questions about making the right food choices to maintain a healthy heart.

For more information on American Heart Month’s FREE community screening event, contact the MCCH Marketing Department at (270) 762-1381 or our Health Promotions Dept. at (270) 762-1832.

American Heart Month Statistics At a Glance – provided by the American Heart Association

• 220.8 per 100,000: The overall rate of death attributable to CVD, based on 2014 data.

• On average, someone died of CVD every 40 seconds. That is about 2,200 deaths of CVD each day.

• On average, someone in the US has a stroke every 40 seconds. This is about 795,000 new or recurrent stroke each year. On average, someone died of a stroke every 4 minutes

• Stroke accounted for ≈1 of every 20 deaths in the United States.

• More than 65% of US adults have 2, 3, or 4 criteria at ideal cardiovascular health, with ≈20% adults within each of these categories. At any age, females tend to have more metrics at ideal levels than do males. Blacks and Hispanics tend to have fewer metrics at ideal levels than whites or other races.

• 85.7 million, or 34.0% of US adults are estimated to have hypertension, based on 2011-2014 data.

• 28.5 million, or 11.9% of US adults are estimated to have total serum cholesterol levels ≥240 mg/dL, based on 2011-2014 data.

• 23.4 million, or 9.1% of US adults are estimated to have diagnosed diabetes, based on 2011-2014 data.

• 1 in 6 males and 1 in 7 females in the United States are current smokers, based on 2015 data.

• On average, 1 in 3 adults, or 30.4% Do not engage in leisure time physical activity. Hispanic and Non-Hispanic black adults were more likely to be inactive.