Singing River Health System Promotes Healthy Heart Awareness

Singing River Health System kicks off American Heart Month with an employee Wear Red Day this Friday, February 5, 2016, for National Wear Red Day. This is the first of a month-long look at heart health with community events and more offered and planned for February.

National Wear Red Day® was created by the American Heart Association, along with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, in 2004 to raise awareness that heart disease was-and still is- the number one killer of women. Singing River Health System is joining in the effort, asking employees to wear red and encouraging community members to wear red as well, to signify support for women’s heart health.

Singing River Health System will also be offering Heart Healthy screenings this month. For those in the community who are not seeing a heart doctor but want to know their heart health, two screenings are coming up on February 15 at the Ocean Springs CV Surgery Office and on February 12 at Healthplex in Pascagoula.

These screenings will help identify risk of heart attack, stroke, and aneurysm with two quick and easy tests: Carotid Artery Ultrasound and Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Ultrasound. This screening exam is to assist in the detection of potential risk for cardiovascular disease. Early detection is key. The entire screening takes approximately 15 minutes. Results will be interpreted by a local cardiologist and a report will be mailed to the patient within two weeks. The cost of the screening is $75. Registration is required. To schedule your screening, contact SafeHeart at 228-896-6733.

Discover more about Singing River Health System’s SafeHeart screenings and other heart and vascular services.