Wear Red Tomorrow! Fight Heart Disease!

UMass Memorial Health Care is participating in National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 1. Wear red tomorrow to raise awareness and help save women’s lives. Then post your pictures on our Facebook page using #umassmemorialgoesred. The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign raises women’s heart health awareness and serves as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women globally. Remember, heart disease is not just a man’s disease. In fact, it is the number one killer of women, causing one in three deaths each year. When it comes to beating heart disease and stroke, change can be the cure.

Join in a Fun and Healthy Way to Fight Heart Disease

Looking for another reason to participate in the 2018 Heart Walk? Jay Cyr, RN, MSN, MBA, senior vice president, surgical services, explains its importance. “Our participation in the 35th Annual Central MA Heart Walk helps the American Heart Association reach its research and community education goals,” he said. “Walking on May 12th at Lake Quinsigamond provides participants with an opportunity to enjoy a healthy event while helping to raise funds and awareness to end heart disease.” To take part and raise money for a great cause, visit the heart walk’s website to register or form a team, or donate to a UMass Memorial Health Care team! For more information, check out the Central MA Heart Walk flyer.

Register Today: Join Walk to Fight Heart Disease and Stroke

Now that spring is almost here, it’s time to start thinking about the Central Massachusetts Heart Walk coming up Saturday, May 12 at Quinsigamond State Park, Lake Park, Worcester. Come and enjoy views of the lake during this 2.5- or 5-mile walk to help fight heart disease and stroke. Visit the Heart Walk website, and register with Team UMass Memorial. Then create your own personal webpage on which you can share your story, upload pictures and videos, track your progress, and send emails to friends and family! We look forward to another great year and hope you can join us again! Need help or have questions? Contact our Heart Walk team at blair.young@heart.org or 508-499-6266.

Go Red Goes Big with Annual Fundraiser

The Go Red team raised more than $9,000 through its annual raffle basket fundraiser for the American Heart Association. Congratulations to the more than 50 winners announced last recently, and thank you to the Go Red team and those who supported educating our employees about women and heart disease. It’s not too late to educate yourself on the effects of heart disease and take a free heart health risk assessment on our website.

UMass Memorial Health Care Is Top Fundraiser at Heart Walk

Team UMass Memorial Health Care is the top fundraising organization for this year’s Central MA Heart Walk raising about $40,000. One of our teams, The Hungry and Helping Hearts at 306 Belmont Street, and one of that team’s captains, Donna Sides, also took the titles of top team and top fundraiser. John Keaney, MD, chief of cardiovascular medicine and chair of this year’s walk, said, “By supporting the American Heart Association’s mission to end cardiovascular disease and stroke, we can change our community and improve the lives of family, friends and neighbors.” It’s not too late make a donation to Team UMass Memorial and become part of the change. Thanks to all our participants, donors and volunteers!

Why Our Heart and Vascular Team Participates in Heart Walk

Members of our heart and vascular team recently starred in the video below to promote the heart walk. Their reasons for walking are inspiring. They walk for sisters, parents, patients and research. Why do you walk? The Central MA Heart Walk is just a week away on Saturday, May 6, at Quinsigamond State Park on North Lake Avenue, Worcester. It’s not too late to take part and raise money. Visit the heart walk’s website to register or donate to a Medical Center team!

Why Donate to the Heart Walk? Learn How Your Donations Matter

The funds raised by participating in this year’s Heart Walk on Saturday, May 6, will support projects like these:

  • A $5 donation teaches more than 100 adults how to save a life by recognizing the signs of heart attack or stroke and how to administer CPR or use an automated external defibrillator.
  • A $25 donation empowers 25 underserved African Americans to help end stroke by educating them on topics such as risk factors and prevention.
  • A $100 donation provides information to help four stroke survivors maximize recovery and independence with a subscription to outreach newsletter.

Donate today to any of the UMass Memorial teams by visiting the 2017 Heart Walk fundraising page.

Taking Steps to Support Heart Health at Annual Central MA Walk

Members of Team UMass Memorial pose during last year’s walk.

Now that spring is here, it’s time to start thinking about the Central MA Heart Walk, Saturday, May 6. You’ll enjoy views of Lake Quinsigamond during the 2.5- or 5-mile walk. Visit the heart walk’s website, and register today under Team UMass Memorial. You can then create your own personal webpage where you can share your story, upload pictures and video, track your progress, and send emails to friends and family! We look forward to another great year and hope you can join us again! Need help or have questions? Email our heart walk team or call 508-499-6266.

Ladies: Watch Video to Learn about Your Heart Attack Risks

“About 75 percent of women suffering from a heart attack don’t present with chest pain,” said Cynthia Ennis, DO, cardiovascular disease expert, in a recent Health Watch segment. What symptoms should women look out for? When is a call to 9-1-1 the next best step? Learn the answers and more.

Go Red Is Today; Celebrate Women’s Heart Health Awareness

The video, below, is promoted by Go Red for Women to raise awareness of heart disease symptoms in women. Ladies, if you had heart disease, would you recognize the symptoms? Sweating. Pressure. Nausea. Jaw pain. Believe it or not, these are all symptoms of a heart attack for women. Visit this website and take a few minutes to educate yourself. Reminder: If your team is wearing red today, be sure to post pictures on our Facebook page and use #goredwearred.