January 28, 2014

Mercy Heart Center partners with American Heart Association for Go Red for Women initiative

For the second year in a row, Mercy Heart Center at Mercy Medical Center has partnered with the American Heart Association to serve as the 2014 local cause partner for the Go Red for Women initiative. Go Red for Women was created 11 years ago (six years locally) to fight heart disease in women through education and research. Heart disease is the number one killer of women, and claims more female lives than all forms of cancer combined.

“This partnership signifies Mercy Medical Center’s dedication to an epidemic that kills one in three women . . . heart disease,” says Thomas E. Cecconi, president and CEO of Mercy Medical Center. “This sponsorship of the Go Red for Women initiative is a reflection of our hospital’s mission to be responsive to the needs of our community, and to educate our mothers, wives and sisters.”

Through this partnership, Mercy Heart Center will offer many educational programs and events to the community during February (American Heart Month) and throughout 2014. Below are a few of the programs that Mercy will be offering to the community during February:

  • Red Hot Zumbathon: Saturday, February 1, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. inside Mercy Hall Auditorium, 1320 Mercy Drive NW, Canton. A $10 donation is suggested with all proceeds benefitting the American Heart Association. Join us for a Latin-inspired, calorie-burning Zumba event, while raising money for the Go Red for Women initiative. Call 1-800-223-8662 to register.
  • Sisters in Red: African American Women and Heart Disease – Saturday, February 8 at Meyer’s Lake Ballroom, 3218 Parkway St. NW, Canton – doors open at 11:00 a.m. This free community program features a sit-down lunch and presentation by Mercy Cardiovascular Institute cardiologists: Rabia Arshad, M.D. and Simonette Jones, M.D. Call 1-800-223-8662 to register.
  • Heart Healthy Cooking Demonstration: Wednesday, February 26. Back by popular demand, this event will feature a cooking demonstration and taste testing opportunities so attendees can see how good healthy tastes. Free and open to the community. Call 1-800-223-8662 to register.
  • Low-Cost Community Blood Screenings: These are held each Friday of the month at different Mercy Health Centers around the community. Total cholesterol is only $2, glucose is just $2 and a complete lipid profile is $8. No appointment is needed, no prescription is required and no insurance is necessary. Just walk-in during designated times. 

For a complete listing of these programs, and to see how you can become involved in the Go Red for Women initiative, visit cantonmercy.org/GoRed.

Do you know your risk of heart attack and stroke? Take the American Heart Association’s Heart Attack Risk Calculator by clicking here.

About Mercy Heart Center

Mercy Medical Center has a history of pioneering excellence in heart care. Nationally recognized as a heart care leader, the impressive lists of “Firsts” include the world’s first angioplasty performed in an emergency department, the nation’s first Accredited Chest Pain Center and Stark County’s first Chest Pain Center certified to perform angioplasty 24/7. Mercy Emergency Chest Pain Center is home to a Cardiac Catheterization Lab where door to balloon angioplasty has been performed in less than six minutes. This cath lab allows Mercy to dramatically reduce the time between heart attack and life-saving angioplasty. Mercy has been named a Top 50 Heart Hospital by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) six times and was named Best in Stark County for Coronary Angioplasty and Cardiac Surgery in the 2012 HealthGrades Report.

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