TULSA, OK – New mothers will be reminded to take care of their hearts and their babies’ hearts when American Heart Association Go Red volunteers visit nurseries at the Peggy V. Helmerich Women’s Health Center at Hillcrest Medical Center and at Hillcrest Hospital South on Friday, February 1. Volunteers will be giving Red Dress pins to the new moms and making sure every newborn has a red cap.
Members of the media are invited to see the babies in the Go Red caps at 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Medical Center, 1120 S. Utica Avenue, and at 1 p.m. at Hillcrest South, 8801 S. 101st East Avenue.
“We are honored to be a part of the Go Red movement,” said Natalie Smith, Administrator of the Peggy V. Helmerich Women’s Health Center at Hillcrest Medical Center. “By providing new moms with information on how to create a heart-healthy lifestyle for themselves and their newborn, we are instilling the knowledge needed to create happy and healthy families in our community.”
The first Friday in February is National Wear Red Day. This year, the American Heart Association is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Go Red For Women movement and encourages everyone to show support in the fight against heart disease in women by wearing red on February 1. Anyone can participate by wearing red; anything from a red dress pin, a red tie, a red jacket, red shoes or a “Go Red” sticker.
Heart disease is a killer that strikes more women than men, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. While one in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, heart disease claims one in three lives annually. That’s roughly one death each minute.
Sixty-four percent of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms. And, because symptoms vary greatly between men and women, they’re often misunderstood.
The movies have conditioned us to believe that the telltale sign of a heart attack is extreme chest pain. But in reality, women are somewhat more likely to experience shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain. Other symptoms women should look out for are dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting, pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen and extreme fatigue.
Go Red For Women is nationally sponsored by Macy’s and Merck & Co., Inc.
Local sponsors include Oklahoma Heart Institute, Bank of Oklahoma, Osage Casino, St. John Health System, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, T.D. Williamson, Oklahoma Beef Council, George Kaiser Family Foundation, Senior Star, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Morgan Stanley Tulsa Branch, River Spirit Casino, Magellan, WPX Energy, People’s Bank and Osteopathic Founders Foundation.