CMH to host annual ‘Spread the Red’ lunch and learn and T-shirt sale

Citizens Memorial Healthcare (CMH) is “spreading the red” to increase heart health awareness during American Heart Month in February. 

“A 2012 update from the American Heart Association highlights that over the last 10 years, the rates of death attributable to cardiovascular disease (CVD) has declined by nearly 30 percent; however, nearly 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day - one person every 39 seconds.  And on average, every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke,” says CMH board-certified cardiologist John F. Best, M.D., FACP.  “The total direct and indirect cost of CVD and stoke in the United States is estimated to be $297 billion – costing Americans more than any other diagnostic group.” 

But, there is hope.  According to Dr. Best, cardiovascular disease and stroke are largely preventable through a healthy lifestyle.  “American Heart Month is the perfect time to raise awareness, in our hospital and in our community, about heart disease, how we can prevent it and challenge us to commit to living a healthier lifestyle,” says Dr. Best.

Spread the Red Luncheon

The fourth annual “Spread the Red” Lunch and Learn will be on Friday, Feb. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the CMH Community Rooms. Dr. Best will present the latest heart disease statistics, education and cardiovascular surgery techniques.  The luncheon is free of charge and includes a heart healthy meal.

Spread the Red T-shirts

CMH is encouraging the community to “spread the red” on Friday, Feb. 10 by wearing a 2012 limited edition heart month T-shirt. T-shirts are available for $15 at the CMH Administrative Center located on the square in Bolivar until Feb. 10.  CMH will contribute $5 from every sale to the American Heart Association. 

Cardiac Care at CMH

The CMH Cath Lab has the latest technology for catheterization procedures.  Dr. Best and the cardiac care team perform hundreds of life-saving heart catheterization procedures a year.  Procedures include: angiography; coronary angioplasty and stenting; pacemaker implantation; echo cardiography; stress testing; and electrocardiogram (EKG).

The CMH cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program  is nationally recognized and is designed to help heart and lung patients recover quickly from a heart-related surgery, a heart attack or diagnosis of heart or pulmonary disease. It is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). The team of physicians, registered nurses (who are certified in advanced cardiac life support), registered respiratory therapists, occupational and physical therapists and dietitians work with patients, their families and their physicians to structure a lifestyle plan tailored to meet their specific needs.

The cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation program is in a state-of-the-art rehabilitation facility within the walls of the hospital, but is also easily accessible from outside. CMH offers stationary bicycles, treadmills, rowing machines, weight stations, stationary hand cycles and an indoor walking track.

To RSVP for the luncheon or to purchase a T-shirt, please call the CMH event hotline at 417-328-7247.

January 20, 2012

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