Friday, February 3, 2017 6:47 PM

Seeing Red in our Cafeteria

“It’s the number one killer of women...”
“You don’t even realize all of the signs...”
“Simple steps can help avoid..."

These are just a few of the things I’ve learned after talking to our employees during the "Go Red" event today at Community Regional Medical Center’s cafeteria. The American Heart Association’s “Go Red” campaign is all about bringing awareness to heart disease among women.

As soon as I walked into the cafeteria, I saw tables set with red table cloths and people dressed in red. 
The energy was high as employees from all different departments at Community Regional celebrated the American Heart Association's National Wear Red Day.

Many employees wore red in support of National Wear Red Day and shared their stories with me.

Why is “Going Red” important?

“There are so many other symptoms for women’s health, as opposed to men, when it comes to heart related issues and heart attacks. And when it comes to events like this, people are able to learn about them and know the possible symptoms and risks to look for,” says Candyss Kelley from Cardiovascular Services. “I appreciate National Wear Red Day and these types of activities because of the awareness that it brings.”

A lot of Community Regional’s employees I spoke to have family members who suffer from heart-related issues, like Katherine Gong from Medical Affairs. Her father has high blood pressure: “It runs in the family so this event means a lot to me personally.”

Renee Amavizca, Cardiology Fellowship Coordinator at UCSF, also wore red and shared with me how heart related issues can be so scary:

“It’s the number one killer of women and it’s already known to be common among men. Our chief of cardiology is so proactive with getting the awareness out there for women and heart disease. She has the Women’s Heart Fair every year. She really tries to involve the public so she can get the awareness out there... You don’t realize all of the signs. Jaw pain is one of the signs for women to detect that they are having a heart attack or even with heart disease and that isn’t something that people typically know.”

The American Heart Association's Go Red campaign spreads awareness of heart disease nationally, but you can help Community Regional fight heart disease locally. We're dedicated to making the best cardiovascular program in the West, and we need your help to complete our vision. Make a donation to our Cardiac Care program!

Lindsay Haworth
Marketing and Communications Intern
Community Medical Centers