CMC celebrates National Wear Red Day Feb. 1

Cartersville Medical Center will celebrate National Wear Red Day on Friday, Feb. 1. Playing key roles in the celebration at CMC will be, from left, Mandy Byars, RDCS, Echo Stenographer; Agnes Hollis, RN, Cardiac Services; Melissa Young, RN, Care Assure Nurse Navigator; and Dr. Rajeeve Subbiah, MD, Harbin Clinic Interventional Cardiologist, on staff at CMC.

To help kick off American Heart Month, Cartersville Medical Center is encouraging the Bartow community to wear red Friday.

“American Heart Month was founded in February of 1963 in the United States,” said Leah Hite, CMC’s director of cardiovascular services. “Since then, millions of people across the globe have started recognizing the importance of heart health. National Wear Red Day, the first Friday in February, is a day for the nation to unite in heart health awareness with the common goal of eradicating heart disease and stroke. Cartersville Medical Center participates annually to bring awareness to the community we serve.

“We’re encouraging our CMC employees, as well as our community, to wear red on Friday, Feb. 1. Even our smallest patients, the newborn babies, will be swaddled in red baby blankets to mark the beginning of American Heart Month.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “heart disease is the leading cause of death” in America for both men and women.

“More than 600,000 Americans die of heart disease each year,” stated www.cdc.gov. “That’s one in every four deaths in this country. The term ‘heart disease’ refers to several types of heart conditions.The most common type is coronary artery disease, which can cause heart attack. Other kinds of heart disease may involve thevalves in the heart, or the heart may not pump well and cause heart failure. Some people are born with heart disease.

“… Anyone, including children, can develop heart disease. It occurs when a substance called plaque builds up in your arteries. When this happens, your arteries can narrow over time, reducing blood flow to the heart. Smoking, eating an unhealthy diet and not getting enough exercise all increase your risk for having heart disease. Having high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes also can increase your risk for heart disease.”

On National Wear Red Day, CMC’s staff members and visitors also will be treated to complimentary blood pressure checks and heart-shaped cookies — courtesy of the cardiac services team — in the CMC Café from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

“For individuals who do experience a cardiac event or live with cardiac disease, Cartersville Medical Center provides emergency and interventional cardiac services and cardiac rehab,” Hite said. “We recently opened a congestive heart failure clinic, which provides specialized nursing care and education for patients diagnosed with congestive heart failure, helping them better understand their condition and how to manage their health.”

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