Ladies, Take Care of Your Heart

by Dr. von Gruenigen on February 8, 2012 · 4 comments

in Heart Health

February is American Heart Month, including Go Red for Women.

Do you like my fascinator?

We had our Women of Summa kick-off event last Friday for National Wear Red Day. Gotta say, Summa is a wonderful working community for women. We invited employees to an educational lunch focusing on cardiovascular disease, with a little humor thrown in, of course. Thank you to all who were involved in the planning of the event, especially Kaye Reiter.

Women of Summa

We live-tweeted during the event and led the region in top tweets for Wear Red Day that day. Interestingly, we can reach more women through social media than at the actual event — another illustration of the power of social media! And later in the afternoon we had our first twitter party.

This month, we’ll have several educational blog posts on heart health. Stay tuned because heart disease is still the number one killer of women. Heart disease includes many disease processes including hypertension, myocardial infarction (AKA heart attack), congestive heart failure, stroke and pulmonary disease. Women are living longer and longer and our goal should not only be a prolonged life but also a good quality of life. We need to decrease our morbidity by working on our preventable risk factors like not smoking, being of normal weight, normal cholesterol levels, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and participating in physical activity on most days. How are you doing in each of those areas?

If you’re not a Summa employee, don’t worry, we are looking forward to our community event this Thursday night, February 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. It will include lectures and CPR training. The event is free but reservations are required. Call Summa Connections at 888-720-5318 to reserve a seat. Then later this month we are taking our show on the road to the University of Akron!

Remember, do something today for your heart.

Dr. Viv

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1 Cindy February 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Starting off American Heart Month right with exercise and good diet! In fact, exercised last night and this morning. Had fruit for breakfast and salad for lunch. Taking advantage of today’s weather with an outdoor walk at lunch, too. Hope your other readers are with me! Looking forward to the event tonight!


2 DoctorViv February 9, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Your are a red star Cindy! I got up early, early and ran! Keep us up to date on your journey!


3 Cindy February 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Awesome Dr. Viv!…You go girl!


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