Redmond Regional Medical Center is helping raise awareness of heart disease during American Heart Month

Heart Disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States (about 1 in 4 women in 2009). However, only about half the women in the U.S. realize that heart disease is their #1 killer. Of the U.S. women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease, almost two-thirds of them had no previous symptoms of heart disease. (Statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control). Continued efforts to raise awareness and provide public education about heart disease is critical to saving lives. In honor of American Heart Month, Redmond Regional Medical Center is helping raise awareness about heart disease and heart health throughout February.

“The most powerful tool in preventing heart disease is knowing your personal risk of heart disease and steps you can take to prevent heart disease,” said Marsha Colwell, Vice President of Cardiovascular Services at Redmond. “Everyone should take the first step in prevention by talking with their healthcare provider about personal risk. And this should happen during every stage of life – not just with older adults.”

According to cardiovascular prevention guidelines published by the American Heart Association in November 2013, there are four main components that individuals and healthcare providers should focus on for the best prevention and treatment of heart disease: assessment of risk, obesity, cholesterol and lifestyle.

“Taking personal steps to prevent heart disease and continually assessing your risk for developing heart disease should be life-long habits,” said Colwell. “Everyone must also pay attention to any signs or symptoms of heart disease. Early detection and treatment of heart disease and seeking emergency care quickly at the first sign of a heart attack can be the difference between life and death.”

Beginning this month, Redmond Regional Medical Center is providing the public with a FREE online heart risk assessment to learn more about their personal risk of heart disease. By answering a few quick questions, participants immediately receive a digital report with information that allows them to compare their actual age to their heart’s biological age; estimate their risk of developing heart disease over the next 10-30 years; and prioritize their most harmful cardiovascular risk factors. To take the heart risk assessment, simply visit

Community members can also learn more about heart health during the events listed below or online at the Redmond Facebook page, and

Heart Health Community Events

All Feb: Rome Community HeART Project: is a project of the Rome Area Council for the Arts (RACA) and Redmond Regional Medical Center to bring a community art project to Rome for the month of February. Local concrete artist, Bill Thornton, created each sculpture (or HeART) as a hollow form covered with a skim of concrete. Using the medium of their choice, local artists have taken the HeARTs and truly created unique pieces of art, conveying a message of heart health awareness. Visit the eight HeARTs in Downtown Rome and two HeARTs at Redmond Regional Medical Center. To see photo albums of the HeARTs visit the Facebook pages for RACA and Redmond.

Feb. 2, 11, 18 and 25: Managing Your Heart Health at Redmond Regional Medical Center every Tuesday night in February at 5:30pm in the Lower Level Classrooms. Join us for any or all of these FREE weekly seminars focused on helping you manage your heart health. Topics include realistic activity, stress management, understanding nutrition labels and heart-healthy food tips. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited. To register, call (706) 368-8480.

Feb. 7: We’re going Red at Rome’s Chick-fil-A Dwarf House. Redmond will partner with Q-102 for a live radio remote from 7am to 9am. Pick up some free goodies and vital heart health information. You can tour a Redmond EMS truck and get an AngioScreen for half-price! Join the national movement and Go Red, too. Wear your red all day and tell others why you Go Red. Show off your Red and post a #GoRed photo on our Facebook page:

Feb. 7: AngioScreen® will be available at Go Red Day at the Rome Chick-fil-A Dwarf House. Screenings will be available from 6:30am to 4:00pm. In less than 10 minutes, participants can learn their risk of heart attack and stroke with a simple screening. Half-price cost is only $40. Appointments are first come, first served on this day only.

Feb. 8: “Go Red for Women” Ladies’ Brunch at the Rome campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Health Sciences Building – Conference Center. Enjoy a morning out with your girlfriends and hear from physician experts about the unique concerns of women’s heart health - Dr. Dhru Girard, Harbin Clinic Cardiovascular Surgeon and Dr. Nicole Jasper, Emergency Medicine at Redmond and Finalist on The Amazing Race 23. You will also hear the personal story of our special guest speaker, Miss Georgia 2013, Carly Mathis. Enjoy a heart-healthy brunch, special giveaways and more. It’s a morning out just for the ladies. Seating is strictly limited to the first 100 paid registrants and tickets are $15 each. Brunch and program begin at 11:00am. Call (706) 368-8480.

Feb. 14: AngioScreen® will be available for half-price at Redmond Regional Medical Center from 8:00am to 11:00am. In less than 10 minutes, participants can learn their risk of heart attack and stroke with a simple screening. Half-price cost is only $40. For an appointment call 855-847-0781.

Feb. 15: Heart of the Community Heart-Healthy Day will include the Walk, Ride, Paddle in the morning, Heart of the Community Gala that evening, and the “Post Party” to follow at the Brewhouse. Start the morning with the Walk, Ride, Paddle at the Town Green. Registration begins at 9:30am, the events kick-off at 10:00am and are open to the community. The Heart of the Community Gala and “Post Party” are ticketed events. All activities benefit the Heart of the Community Foundation. The Gala begins at 6:00pm at the Forum with the Post-Party to follow at the Brewhouse. For more information, visit the Heart of the Community on Facebook.

Did You Know:

  • 90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
  • Cardiovascular diseases cause one in three women's deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.
  • Women are less likely to call 9-1-1 when they are having symptoms of a heart attack.
  • Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined, but is often undiagnosed.
  • Awareness has helped save more than 627,000 women from heart disease, and 330 fewer are dying per day.

Statistics from the American Heart Association