Michelle Holmgren, Public Affairs & Community Relations Specialist
(Office) 413-967-2296 (Cell) 413-237-6743
Ware (January 21, 2014) - February is American Heart Month; a month to spread awareness about the importance of heart health.
Although heart disease is often thought of as a problem for men, women are equally likely to get heart disease and if fact heart disease affects women of all ages. One challenge is that heart disease symptoms in women can be different from symptoms in men. Being aware of ways to reduce the risk of heart disease as well as understanding treatment options to maintain a healthy heart can empower a woman to make their heart health a priority.
A special evening devoted to women’s heart health is planned for Tuesday, February 18, from 5:00 pm until 7:30 pm at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital. The Spirit of Women “Heart Warming” Ladies Night will feature presentations by Cardiologist, Dr. James R. Cook and BMLH Emergency Room Nurse, Kimberly Davis.
Dr. Cook, Cardiologist and Director of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Program at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield will present “Simple Steps to a Healthy Heart”. His presentation will focus on the steps women can take to maintain optimal heart health with a discussion on understanding risk factors and the active role they can play in maintaining their heart health. Dr. Cook cares for patients in Springfield and also sees patients at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital in Ware.
Following Dr. Cook, Kimberly Davis will present “Empower in a Half Hour-It’s Time to Take Care of Yourself”. Davis will offer tips on ways women can live healthier and happier lives. “Area women are encouraged to wear red and join us for this special heart health program,” said Tracy Whitley, Manager of Loyalty Programs and the Spirit of Women Program.
In addition to the lecture, a heart healthy meal will be provided and a representative from Jafra Cosmetics will provide participants with their most popular moisturizing hand treatments.
For more information, to register for this event, or to become a Spirit of Women member visit baystatehealth.org/spiritofwomen or call Baystate Health Link at 967-2488 or 1-800-377-4325.