February National Heart Awareness Month Activities at MCMH

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Maine Coast Memorial Hospital to Host Heart Health Fair and Red Dress Day for National Heart Awareness Month

Heart disease is the largest killer of both men and women.  According to the American Heart Associate, nearly 70% of the US population has some level of heart disease.  Every 34 seconds someone in the USA dies of a heart attack with many of those never having a warning – the first symptom of heart disease for some people is a heart attack!

In response to these staggering statistics, on Wednesday, February 2, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria, Maine Coast Memorial Hospital is offering a Heart Health Fair with professionals available to discuss risk factors that contribute to heart disease.  Included will be a blood pressure clinic, a dietitian for tips on lowering cholesterol, weight and diabetes risk, social services with tips on stress reduction as well as an exercise specialist with current guidelines and motivational strategies.

Maine Coast Memorial Hospital also invites you to celebrate Red Dress Day in honor of Women and Heart Disease on Friday, February 4 from 8:30 – 1:00 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria.  Did you know that one in three adult females has some form of cardiovascular disease?  8.4 million women today have a lack of blood flow to the heart’s arteries due to plaque buildup, with 3.5 million of these women already having had a heart attack.

On Friday, February 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. there will be a WomenHeart table with information on lowering risk factors for heart disease as well as red dress pins and bracelets available in the cafeteria.  There will be a free drawing for a WomenHeart Cookbook.  A group photo of all in attendance who are dressed in red to will be taken at 12 noon.

The public is invited to both Wednesday and Friday events at the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital cafeteria located at 50 Union Street, Ellsworth.  Details are available at www.mainehospital.org.

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