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January 31, 2015
Seeing RED this February for Heart Awareness

For those of us who work in cardiac care, February is always a busy and special month. The first Friday in February is always GO RED FOR WOMEN DAY, the second week of the month is Cardiac Rehab Week, and of course there is Valentine’s Day on the 14th of the month!

Go Red for Women Day on February 6 was initiated by the American Heart Association (AHA) more than 10 years ago to deal with the increasing number of women dying from heart disease and stroke. Since then, the Red Dress pin has become synonymous with women and heart disease, much as the pink ribbon and breast cancer.

AHA provides Harrington with educational materials, statistics, and information to share with our employees and community to help decrease heart disease and stroke among women. AHA encourages all of us to join the Go Red for Women movement to break barriers against heart disease and stroke because it is not just a man’s disease anymore. According to AHA, “Each year, one in three women die of heart disease and stroke. But we can change that because 80% of cardiac events are preventable with education & lifestyle changes.”

Statistics from AHA:

♥ Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease & stroke

♥ Only three in 10 Hispanic women say they have been informed that they are at higher risk, and only one in four is aware of treatment options

♥ Each year, about 55,000 more women than men have a stroke

♥ An estimated 43 million women are affected by cardiovascular disease

♥ Women who are involved with the Go Red for Women movement live healthier lives 

Harrington HealthCare System will celebrate Go Red for Women on Friday February 6 in three locations:

Southbridge Campus: Harrington Hospital, 100 South St. Southbridge, MA | Main Lobby 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Webster Campus: 340 Thompson Rd., Webster, MA | Main Lobby  1 – 3 p.m.

Charlton Campus: 10 N. Main St., Charlton, MA | Main Lobby  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Information includes blood pressure screening, hands-only CPR, information on women and hearts disease, free apples, raffle prizes and Red Dress pins &  bracelets for $1 each, with all proceeds going to AHA.

Come join us!

Judy Flannery, RN, BSN, is the Cardiac Rehab Coordinator at Harrington HealthCare System. She attended Newton Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing, and received her bachelor’s degree from Assumption College. She has been working at Harrington for more than 30 years. To contact Judy please call 508-765-2290 or email