Eastern Maine Medical Center Goes Red for Women’s Heart Health Friday, February 2

02/01/2018

(Bangor, Maine) – On Friday, February 2, Eastern Maine Medical Center continues the tradition of supporting “Go Red for Women”, a national campaign to end heart disease and stroke in women. This year, as in the past, the medical center is encouraging all employees, as well as visitors and patients, to show their support by wearing red on Friday. The hospital is also taking the day to celebrate the history of its cardiac services, unveiling a timeline featuring heart care milestones that span all the way back to the early ’70s.

Go Red Day kicks off at 11 am, where the Heart Care team will have a table set up at The Maine Café dining area. They will hand out information on women’s heart health and educate passersby of the signs and symptoms of heart disease in women, as well as prevention tips.

“Nearly 48 million women in the US are living with or at risk for heart disease.  For years heart disease was labeled a man’s disease.  However, we know that more women than men do not survive their first heart attack and often have worse outcomes. Heart disease remains the leading killer of women in the United States.  Denial and not knowing that women may experience very different symptoms than men are both major factors,” says Denise Sullivan, CMA (AAMA), instructor and WomenHeart Champion. “For women, the signs and symptoms are not always the classic ‘crushing chest pain’ so it is important for women and their families to know that.” 

At 4 pm, employees who have taken care of heart patients at Eastern Maine Medical Center over the years will gather in the cardiac lobby in the Penobscot Pavilion to say a few words, mingle, and unveil the newly installed cardiac history wall.

Not knowing these heart attack symptoms may cause delay in calling 9-1-1 and seeking medical care. The sooner appropriate action is taken, the better the odds are for survival and decreased complications following a heart attack. For more information on women’s heart disease, visit the table on February 2, and don’t forget to show your support by wearing red! 
 
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For more information, please contact EMMC Community Relations at emmcmediarequest@emhs.org or (207) 973-9530.