Although significant progress has been made in increasing awareness among women that heart disease is their No. 1 killer, most women fail to make the connection between heart disease risk factors and their personal risk of developing the disease. This disease is largely preventable, but kills more women than all forms of cancer combined.
Spencer Hospital staff are encouraging the community of Spencer to join them on Friday, Feb. 3, National Wear Red Day, to help spread the message that "Heart Disease Doesn't Care What You Wear, It's the No. 1 Killer of Women," by wearing red to show support for women's heart disease awareness.
While heart disease risk begins to rise in middle age, heart disease develops over time and can start at a young age, even in the teen years. It's never too early, or too late, to take action to prevent and control the risk factors for heart disease.
In celebration of Heart Month, Spencer Hospital co-workers and volunteers will be encouraged to wear red and invite the entire community to also dress or accessorize in red.
"Wearing red is a national symbol for women and heart disease and a visual alert that heart disease doesn't care what you wear," Mindy Sylvester, Spencer Hospital's Women's Health coordinator, said. "National Wear Red Day reminds our grandmothers, mothers, daughters, sisters, and nieces that they need to focus on more than just their 'outer selves.' They need to focus on their 'inner selves' and learn how to take care of their hearts."
Spencer Hospital's Heart Health Roadshow will be visiting the Southpark Mall in Spencer from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday Feb. 4, to offer free support and guidance to promote heart healthy living.
Participants will get a free stroke risk assessment and a blood pressure check. Spencer Hospital's friendly advisors will give guidance and support to help each person understand how to make real changes in their lifestyle how to reduce the risk of developing a heart condition in the future.
The Heart Health Roadshow will feature topics on blood pressure, stroke screenings, healthy take-home recipes, healthy food substitutions, sodium sticker shock, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, body mass index and even life-saving CPR tips (featuring hands-only techniques).
There is no need for an appointment. People will get the chance to tour the Clay County Emergency trailer, designed to assist with the logistical medical needs in the event of a catastrophic event in the community.