February 04, 2014
Join Rapides Regional Medical Center employees as they promote women’s heart health on National Wear Red Day, Friday, Feb. 7.
This one-day event will take place nationwide – and include millions of women, companies, community organizations and cities. Everyone can participate. All you have to do is wear your favorite red dress, shirt or tie to build awareness of the fact that heart disease is still the No. 1 killer of women.
“This Wear Red Day is a way for us to recognize our friends and loved ones diagnosed with heart disease – as well as those friends and loved ones for whom diagnosis came too late,” said Charla Ducote, Rapides Regional Medical Center’s vice president of marketing, public relations and business development.
This event can also serve as a reminder to women who need to schedule a visit with their physician for a heart-healthy checkup. Women should also remember that their heart attack symptoms will not be the same as the “typical” symptoms experienced by men. Instead of chest pain, they may have pain in the right arm, back, neck, shoulder or throat. Vomiting, nausea, pressure, fatigue and shortness of breath are also often experienced by women suffering from a heart attack.
RRMC is offering free community education materials and speakers for groups planning Heart Healthy events during February. Call (318) 769-4027 to make a request. Also, visit rapidesregional.com for a free online “Heart Health” profiler – and additional information on heart attack and stroke.