Regional West Says Wear Red Friday February 2 for American Heart Month

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb., ― Heart disease, including stroke, is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, one in four deaths is caused by heart disease.

During February, Regional West’s Cardiac Rehabilitation staff wants to raise awareness about heart disease and how to prevent it.

“We encourage everyone to celebrate National Wear Red Day® on Friday, February 2 to raise awareness of heart disease in women and the importance of regular heart health check-ups for women and men,” said Kara Lemoine, RN, BSN, Regional West Cardiac Rehabilitation program nurse.

The term “heart disease” refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type in the United States is coronary heart disease (also called coronary artery disease), which occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. Coronary heart disease can cause heart attack, angina, heart failure, and arrhythmias.

“Everyone in Nebraska should own something red,” said Christopher Lambert, MD. “Please put it on and show your support of our patients, staff, and providers who battle this disease daily.  Go Big Red!”

The good news is heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Start with an annual physical, stay physically active, eat a healthier diet, stay well hydrated, and get plenty of sleep.

For more ideas about simple steps to take every day for better heart health, visit Join the American Heart Association’s national movement in support of healthier communities and healthier lives.

Regional West Health Services in Scottsbluff, Neb., is the parent company of Regional West Medical Center, a 188-bed regional referral center and one of three Level II Trauma Centers in the state. As the region’s only tertiary referral medical center, Regional West offers care that spans more than 32 medical specialties provided by over 28 physician clinics. With nearly 300 providers, and over 2,000 employees, Regional West provides comprehensive and innovative health care services for the people of western Nebraska and the neighboring states of Colorado, South Dakota, and Wyoming.