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News Press Release

DOCTORS HOSPITAL OBSERVES HEART MONTH
Dated of posted : 2010-01-20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Charles Sealy make presentation to Bahamas Heart Association
Pictured L-R: Charles Sealy, CEO, Doctors Hospital; Nellie Brown, President, Bahamas Heart Association; Michele Rassin, VP Operations, Doctors Hospital.
 
   DOCTORS HOSPITAL OBSERVES HEART MONTH
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Each year, as February approaches, we begin to hear talk of heart disease, heart health and Heart Month but are we truly listening? Here are some statistics that should make us stand at attention. According to the World Health Organization, cardiovascular disease causes 12 million deaths in the world each year. Cardiovascular disease is responsible for half of all deaths in the United States and other developed countries, and it is a main cause of death in many developing countries as well. Overall, it is the leading cause of death in adults. In addition, heart disease and stroke kills more women each year than cancer, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and malaria combined. Worldwide, an average of more than sixteen women per minute dies of cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke.Additionally heart disease is the number one killer in the Bahamas. Contrary to popular belief, heart disease is not just a ‘man’s disease’- both men and women have heart attacks, but more women who have heart attacks die from them.
 
February is National Heart Month and your chance to take a stand against the Bahamas’ number one killer!
 
Doctors Hospital and the Sir Victor Sassoon Heart Foundation have, for quite some time now, formed a partnership to educate the Bahamian community about the risks associated with cardiovascular diseases including heart disease and stroke. With the observance of February as Heart Month, the Hospital took this time to publicly continue its partnership with the Foundation, with a recent check donation to the Association.
 
As stated by Charles Sealy, CEO, Doctors Hospital, “It is our pleasure to support the Sir Victor Sassoon Heart Foundation as they continue to make such a lasting difference through education and treatment initiatives, including surgeries for children. We encourage you to lend your support now and throughout the month of February by supporting the various events (whether by participation or donations), planned for Heart Month,” said Michele Rassin, VP Operations, Doctors Hospital.
 
In light of the startling statistics of heart disease, the donation as in previous years will assist children with medical expenses. In addition, the donation will aid the Foundation with its work of assisting with the cost of heart investigations, treatment and surgery for children. Funds raised over the past years have enabled the Heart Foundation to assist many children with heart disease. Heart disease does not discriminate between race and gender. It is the number one killer of all ethnic groups.
 
It is important to know the warning signs, which include uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest lasting more than a few minutes, pain spreading to the shoulders, arm or neck, chest discomfort with lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath. There are risk factors that you can change to help prevent heart disease such as high blood pressure; reducing your blood pressure can decrease the chance of a heart attack by 20-30%, high blood cholesterol; normal blood cholesterol should be under 200mg/dl, quit smoking, lose weight, reduce stress and control your blood glucose levels.
 
You can show your support by purchasing a three dollar ($3) ‘Go Red’ pin and wearing red on ‘National Go Red for Women’ day on Friday, February 19th, 2010 and by attending the planned month’s events. Your help will support ongoing research and education about women and heart disease and provide much needed funds for surgeries for children.
 
The following events have also been planned to highlight Heart Month:
·        Saturday, February 13, 2010 - 45th Annual Lady Sassoon Heart Ball, Sheraton Cable Beach Resort
·        Thursday, February 18, 2010 - Free Public Health Lecture on Heart Health – Doctors Hospital Distinguished Lecture Series, Doctors Hospital Conference Room, Luden Building 6:00pm
·        Friday, February 19, 2010 - Go Red for Women Day. Purchase and wear your pins, show your support.
·        Thursday, February 25, 2010 - Health Fair and free screenings, Town Centre Mall
·        Saturday, February 27, 2010 - Fun Run Walk
·        Sunday, February 28, 2010 - Splashof Red, Zonta Luncheon & Fashion Show, Sheraton Cable Beach Resort
 
For the Fashionistas and the ball enthusiasts, the 43rd Annual Heart Ball, the major fund-raising event for the Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation, will be the most anticipated of the month’s activities and will definitely be the highlight of Heart Month. For the Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation, the ball is also the most anticipated of the month’s events as it is the major fundraiser for the Foundation. The proceeds from the ball and the ‘Go Red’ pins are used to underwrite heart surgery for Bahamian Children whose families cannot afford to pay for their medical expenses. Scheduled be held at Sheraton Cable Beach Resort on Saturday, February 13, 2010 the ball will feature live band entertainment, the usual Grand Raffle prize as well as other fabulous prizes. Cocktails are at 7:15pm and dinner at 8:30pm. Tickets are priced at $250.00 per person. For information and to donate funds or volunteer your services, please telephone (242) 327-0806-8.


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