Hospital Seeks to Raise Awareness of Women's Heart Disease

Humboldt General Hospital is joining with the American Heart Association to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease, the No. 1 killer of women in America.

Each year, heart disease claims nearly a half million women’s lives.

Employees at Humboldt General Hospital will don red clothing and accessories this Friday, February 3, as they join others across the nation in promoting “National Wear Red Day.”

Additionally, area women are invited to a special “Go Red for Women” luncheon encouraging women to take charge of their heart health so they can live stronger, longer lives.

From noon to 1 p.m., speakers Michel Carden, RN, and Bertha Higbee, RN, will discuss “10 Heart Health Must-Haves.” Lunch will be served and women will have the chance to win one of three “Go Red” goodie bags. Each participant will also receive the iconic “red dress” pin.

Hospital officials hope a unified red front will also encourage area officials, medical personnel, and Americans of every walk of life to join in the national campaign.

“We chose to participate in the campaign because for many women in our community, heart disease is personal,” said HGH Wellness Coordinator Billie Lucero.

“National Wear Red Day is an opportunity for everyone to remember their female friends and family members who have suffered from this disease, and to think about their own hearts and take charge of their own health.”

The national campaign seeks to improve women’s heart health by providing information on healthful eating, exercising, quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, blood pressure and blood cholesterol, and controlling diabetes.

The campaign also targets healthcare professionals in helping to ensure that women are treated according to the American Heart Association’s guidelines.

Further, the campaign seeks to educate federal, state and local policy makers, to encourage them to support policies to improve women’s cardiovascular health.

Local residents are also invited to wear red on Friday, February 3, to help build awareness for women and heart disease.

Free “red dress” pins will also be available at the front desk as a reminder to take steps every day for healthier hearts and lives.

The “Go Red for Women” luncheon on Friday, February 3, will take place in the Sarah Winnemucca Conference Room. There is no charge to attend and women ages 18 and older are invited to attend.