The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

Local News

February 21, 2014

Reception has 'heart'

Medina Journal-Register — For most of this month, members of Orleans Community Health have been pushing the Go Red initiative to promote heart health in women. Wednesday morning was the culmination of that effort at OCH’s Medina Memorial Hospital.

OCH partnered with the Orleans County Chamber of Commerce in the promotion. “We aimed to raise awareness of heart disease in women,” said Cindy Perry, the Wellness Director for OCH. “We went around the county and took pictures of all our participating businesses and made some donations to the American Heart Association.”

Perry said the goal of the program was to encourage women to pay attention to their bodies.

“Women tend to ignore the symptoms of heart disease,” she said. Perry said something as simple getting one’s blood pressure checked is a good way to maintain good heart health. Not smoking and staying active are also important, she added.

During Wednesday’s reception visitors were given a chance to get their blood pressure checked. They also had the opportunity to meet Dr. Syed Shah, a cardiologist who recently began an affiliation with MMH. He said helping to educate women about heart health at a young age will help them later and “could save a whole family.”

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