National Wear Red Day® is Friday, February 5, 2016
GO RED WITH GILL.
February is Heart Month and Feb. 5 is the American Heart Association’s “Go Red Day” celebrating women’s heart health. The women — and men — of the Gill Heart Institute use the day to educate women about the differences in women’s vs. men’s hearts, heart disease and heart attack symptoms.
According to Dr. Gretchen Wells, director of the Women’s Heart Health Program at the Gill Heart Institute, “People assume all heart attacks feel like a crushing in the chest, but often, and for women in particular, the symptoms of a heart attack can be quite different,” Wells said. “Events like ‘Go Red Day’ give us another opportunity to teach women what to look for and how to take the best care of your heart.”
Wells also points out that there are biological, social and psychological factors that change the way women experience heart disease and act on its symptoms.
“Awareness is key to helping women understand what to look for and when to seek treatment,” she said.
On ‘Go Red Day’ at noon, Wells will offer tips for women’s heart health in the atrium of Pavilion A in UK Chandler Hospital. Afterward, there will be special treats, gifts and take-home information. Anyone wearing red is welcome to participate in a group photo session at 12:30 pm.
To be eligible for a prize, take a selfie wearing red and post it to the Gill Heart Association’s Facebook page with the hashtag “#GillGoesRed.” You can also visit http://twibbon.com/Support/gill-goes-red-2016-2 for instructions on how to customize your photo.
For more information on your heart health, or to schedule an appointment at the Gill Heart Institute, 859-323-0295.
Women often experience heart disease differently than men. The symptoms of heart disease in women are difficult to recognize, both for women and for their health care providers. This leads to women with heart conditions remaining undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Join Dr. Gretchen Wells, Director of the Women’s’ Heart Health Program at the UK Gill Heart Institute, for a heart health seminar at the Beaumont branch of Lexington Public Library. Dr. Wells will discuss what you need to know to maintain optimal heart health.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
6 pm to 7:30 pm
Beaumont Branch of Lexington Public Library, large conference room
This article originally appears on page 6 of the February 2015 printed issue of Ace.
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