Get Your Free Heart Health Risk Assessment Today

The most important step you can take to protect your heart is understanding your own individual risks for heart disease. These risks differ for all of us depending on age, diet, physical condition and smoking status, just to name a few. During American Heart Month we are reminded to be vigilant in the fight against heart disease, the nation’s number one killer. Take a free heart health risk assessment. Talk with your doctor about risks for heart disease, and schedule blood pressure and cholesterol screenings to get an assessment of your current heart health. Visit our Heart Month website to learn about good fats, women and heart disease and burning calories without exercise.

Just One Day until Dr. McManus’ Instagram Takeover!

day-with-dr-mcmanusHold onto your seats! David McManus, MD, director of our Atrial Fibrillation Program, will have full control of our Instagram account tomorrow. The takeover begins bright and early. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how he spends his day, meet some patients and learn a little something about heart health. Follow @umassmemorialmedicalcenter on Instagram #daywithdrmcmanus.

Join Dr. David McManus for Instagram Takeover Next Week!

day-with-dr-mcmanusOur social media team was recently notified that the Medical Center Instagram account is being taken over on February 14. David McManus, MD, director of the Atrial Fibrillation Program, said, “I will be hacking your Instagram account. Your followers will go on a day-long journey to learn about heart health. It’s Heart Month, and there’s no better time to get everyone on board.” Our team is a little nervous about what may happen in the takeover, so follow @umassmemorialmedicalcenter on Instagram and hold onto your seats. Visit #daywithdrmcmanus.

Our Caregivers Work with Heart to Care for Our Patients

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In the spirit of American Heart Month, we’d like to shine the spotlight on our caregivers featured in the Everyone, Everyday program for the amazing work they do each day taking care of our patients’ heart health. When asked what he finds most rewarding in his work as a cardiologist, David Lyons, MD, responded that he enjoys establishing long-term relationships with patients. “It’s very gratifying to help guide patients through the cardiovascular challenges they face and to help them make interventions that will prevent further problems down the road.” Learn more about what motivates these caregivers to come to work each day to look after the heart health of our patients.

Visit our Everyone, Everyday website where you can also nominate a caregiver!

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.

Wear Red on Friday, Raise Awareness to Fight Heart Disease!  

red-heartUMass Memorial Health Care is participating in National Wear Red Day this Friday, February 3. Wear red to raise awareness and help save women’s lives, and post your staff pictures on our Facebook page; use #goredwearred. The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign raises awareness of heart disease. Remember, it’s not just a man’s disease. The fact is: Heart disease 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.

How You Can Get Involved in Go Red for Women Festivities!

go-red-for-women-logoThroughout our system, we are celebrating Go Red for Women, a national movement to raise awareness about women and heart health and to raise funds to support the American Heart Association. Here’s how you can take part:

I Love You Salt, But You’re Breaking My Heart

less saltDo you like salt? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. Salt finds its way into an abundance of foods. Needless to say, this is not ideal for our health. So what can we do? Find out in a recent Simply Well blog post. Then you can take this quiz. It will open your eyes – and your mouth, and your heart – to facts about sodium. Visit this website and join more than 80,000 individuals who have already pledged with the American Heart Association to be cautious of their intake. Simply Well is a UMass Memorial Heath Care community wellness blog produced by the Marketing and Communications Department.

Dr. Ennis Talks About Women and Heart Health Myths

Ennis_Comm Advocate 300x208Cynthia Ennis, DO, cardiologist, was featured in a Community Advocate article on common myths about women and heart health. One such myth is that if a woman doesn’t have chest pain, she’s not having a heart attack. “In fact,” explains Dr. Ennis, “75 percent of women don’t have chest pain. They may experience pain in their jaw, arms, back or stomach. They may be overwhelmed with fatigue, feel nauseous or short of breath.” Some symptoms mimic heartburn, the flu, or a stomach ulcer.” Read the article.

In Support of Women and Heart Disease, We Wore Red! 

Pictured (top, from left): Transplant Team, 3 West Cardiac Unit and Information Services, and (bottom) leadership and administrative staff at Biotech One.

Pictured (top, from left): Transplant Team, 3 West Cardiac Unit and Information Services, and (bottom) leadership and administrative staff at Biotech One.

From red ties, dresses and shoes, across our health care system, patients, visitors and staff wore red to celebrate National Wear Red Day last Friday. Visit our Facebook page to see the gallery of pictures. Through raffle baskets, selling Go Red pins, and more, we were able to raise $10,126 to support the American Heart Association. See the list of winners. It’s not too late to educate yourself on the effects of women and heart disease, visit our website. A special thanks to the staff in the cafeteria who embraced Go Red by decorating, wearing red and serving heart healthy options.