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Hey Ladies: Here are the Facts on Heart Disease

Phoenixville Hospital is celebrating "Go Red for Women" this month.

The following was submitted by Kathy Clarke, RN, MS, CCRN at Phoenixville Hospital.

February is “Go Red for Women” month and there is no better time for women to learn the facts about heart disease, how to reduce risks, and which symptoms to be aware of.  Did you know that cardiovascular disease is the #1 killer of women in the United States?  Heart disease kills about 60 women each hour in the United States, with 64% of women having no previous symptoms.  Also, cardiovascular disease contributes to about one third of deaths in women.  It is important for women to be aware of the risk and the steps they can take to protect themselves.

Throughout the month of February, Phoenixville Hospital will be offering free education events, health screenings, and fun activities for the women of our community, including another Go Red Zumba party on February 24 at the Phoenixville YMCA.  In addition, the hospital is partnering with local school districts, businesses, and community organizations to get the word out about Go Red for Women month.  Here is a partial list of our events.  Come out and learn what you can do to protect yourself and your family from heart disease.

Friday, February 1 is National Wear Red Day.  Wear red to show your support for the fight against heart disease.

On Friday, February 8th Phoenixville Hospital will host the 2nd Annual Paint the Town Red Party at Robert Ryan Caterers from 6:30 -10:30pm. Tickets are $65each. Call 610-983-1411 or visit ww.phoenixvillehospital.com for details.

The widely-attended Healthy Woman program will hold a free Heart Health event on Wednesday, February 13th from 6:30-8pm at Phoenixville Hospital. Call 610-983-1288 or visit phoenixvillehospital.com to register.

On Thursday, February 14th   there is a free Heart Health Seminar at 10am in the Senior Resource Center at 824 Main Street in Phoenixville. Call 610-983-1773 for details. Also on the 14th the hospital will host a Cardiac Connect Network meeting at 2pm. Call 610-983-1288 for more information.

Heart month will be capped off with the Third Annual Zumba Party at the Phoenixville YMCA on Sunday, February 24. Visit phoenixvillehospital.com for details.

Candy Allebach January 31, 2013 at 02:12 PM
seriously, I went to PH in July 2009 with the signs of a heat attack and they had me sit in the waiting room and told me to wait my turn. The nurse who took my info asked me why I thought I should go before the other 9 people waiting. It turned out I was not having a heart attack, I was in congestive heart failure. Was in the emergency room from 8 at night until 4:30 in the morning. The man who came in after me with a heart attack was sent up to the heart floor 10 minutes after he arrived, they let me lay in the er unattended for over an hour before I was sent up. So its true that they take better care of men than they do women I also sent away for info that told the signs for a heart attack in women and I believe that is what saved my life. But they have a great heart doc at PH and his name is Dr. John Fornance. He sent me to another great doc at the HUP, Dr. Susan Borzena and I am still kicking for now, by the grace of God i survived the night in the er at PH.

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