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Celebrate Heart Month with the Reid Heart Center

| Date Posted: 2/1/2012

PINEHURST- The Reid Heart Center at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital will focus on helping the community learn more about heart disease by hosting several awareness events throughout February.

Art Edgerton, M.D.

Art Edgerton, M.D.

To kick off the month as American Heart Month, FirstHealth invites you to participate in National Wear Red Day® on Friday, Feb. 3. Americans nationwide will wear red to show their support for heart health. Wear your favorite red dress, red shirt or red tie to raise awareness that heart disease is preventable.

How much do you actually know about your heart? Here are a few facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.
  • Someone in the United States has a heart attack every 34 seconds.
  • Between 70 and 89 percent of sudden cardiac events occur in men.
  • One in four women in the United States dies of heart disease, while one in 30 dies of breast cancer.

While you may think heart disease has nothing to do with you, or that it probably will not affect you, you or someone you know, may have conditions or habits that can lead to heart disease. Even if you do not have symptoms, you may be at risk for heart disease. Being overweight, smoking, poor diet and lack of physical activity are all risk factors that contribute to heart disease.

Learning more about the disease and your health are actions you can take immediately to help yourself, as well as others.  

Other scheduled events at FirstHealth include the following:

  • Know Your Numbers
    Free Blood Pressure Screenings at Reid Heart Center
    High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease.
    Do you know your numbers? Join us at Reid Heart Center to discover your numbers.
    Friday, Feb.10 and 24, 8-11 a.m.
    Wednesday, Feb.15 and 29, 2- 4:30 p.m.
    Lobby of Reid Heart Center, 120 Page Road North.
    Call 715-1478 or (800) 213-3284 for more information.
  • Celebrate Heart Month with the Reid Heart Center Education Series Kickoff
    Learn more about heart disease during the month of February.
    Thursday, Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m.
    Join Art Edgerton, M.D., a heart surgeon at Reid Heart Center, for the kickoff to this education series that will run through May.
    Reid Heart Center Lobby, 120 Page Road North
    Call 715-1478 or (800) 213-3284 for more information or to register for the event.

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