Humboldt General 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 donned red clothing and accessories Friday, February 1, as they joined 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. Thursday, February 21, EMS professionals Dylan Angus and Julianna Obregon will discuss “Lifesaving for Lay People.”

As part of their presentation, Angus, a paramedic, and Obregon, an advanced EMT, will demonstrate two-step CPR and AED use. Additionally, Savannah Talbott, the owner of Full Focus CrossFit and a recent community lifesaver, will present her story.

Lunch will be served and women will have the chance to win one of two “Go Red” goodie bags. Each participant will also receive the iconic “red dress” pin.

According to HGH Wellness Coordinator Billie Lucero, the national campaign seeks to improve women’s heart health by emphasizing healthful eating, exercising, quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, and controlling blood pressure, blood cholesterol, 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.

Free “red dress” pins are available at the hospital’s front desk throughout the month as a reminder to take steps every day for healthier hearts and lives.

The “Go Red for Women” luncheon on Thursday, February 21, will take place in the HGH Sarah Winnemucca Conference Room. There is no charge to attend and women ages 18 and older are invited to attend.