StoneCrest in Smyrna goes RED on Friday

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TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center / StoneCrest will join the American Heart Association to raise awareness about women and heart disease by lighting the hospital red leading up to National Wear Red Day® on Friday, Friday 5, 2016.

TriStar StoneCrest is also helping raise awareness about heart disease and heart health for women and men throughout February, recognized as American Heart Month.

"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 Nelson Mangione, M.D., cardiologist at TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center in Smyrna, Tenn. "Everyone should take the first step in prevention by talking with their healthcare provider about personal risk starting at age 20." And this should happen during every stage of life - not just with older adults."

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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 Ram Sharma, M.D., cardiologist at TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center. "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."

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Community members are encouraged to learn more about heart health this month through the activities listed below or by taking a FREE online heart risk assessment to learn more about their personal risk of heart disease at MyHeartsAge/TriStar.

February Heart Health Activities

Feb. 4: TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center will GO Red at 5:30 pm. Partnering together with Rutherford County Emergency Services, we will light the outside of our building Red to help raise awareness about heart health within our community.

Feb. 5: We're going Red on campus! Join the national movement with the American Heart Association and Go Red For Women, too. Wear your red all day and tell others why you GoRed. Show off your Red by posting a #TriStarGoRed photo on our Facebook page (facebook.com/StoneCrestMedicalCenter). Learn more about National Wear Red Day® and women's risk of heart disease at GoRedForWomen.org. Together our community can help raise awareness about women's risk of heart disease.

Feb. 9: TriStar StoneCrest and Rutherford County Emergency Services will help raise awareness about life-saving care against heart attack and stroke in our community during the Smyrna Town Council meeting. To learn how life-threatening emergencies are being treated right here in Smyrna, tune into Channel 3 on February 9, 2016 at 5:00 pm.

Feb. 19: Your Heart- Are You at Risk for Heart Disease from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the TriStar StoneCrest Physicians Building Classroom. Dr. Nelson Mangione, cardiologist, will lead a discussion that explains this common heart condition, symptoms, related health concerns, treatment options and prevention. Lunch will be provided. Seating is limited and registration is required at TriStarHealth.com/Events or by calling 615-342-1919. This presentation is part of the Community Health & Wellness Series presented in partnership between TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center and The North Rutherford YMCA.

Feb. 25: Business Before Hours with the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce from 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. in the TriStar StoneCrest Physicians Building Classroom. TriStar StoneCrest is hosting the February networking event that will include a heart healthy breakfast and brief remarks about heart health and life-saving care for heart attack and stroke in our community. Heart health resources will be available for attendees. Cost is $5 for Chamber members and $15 for future members. Find more about Business Before Hours at RutherfordChamber.org.

Ongoing: FREE Online Heart Risk Assessment at MyHeartsAge.com/Tristar. 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.

TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center provides a range of cardiology services to help prevent, treat and recover from heart attack and stroke.

Did You Know:

Facts from the American Heart Association at GoRedForWomen.org.

  • Cardiovascular diseases cause one in three women's deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.
  • Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease & stroke.
  • Heart disease and stroke affect women of all ethnicities.
  • Women who are involved with the Go Red For Women movement live healthier lives.
  • When you get involved in supporting Go Red For Women by advocating, fundraising and sharing your story, more lives are saved.
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