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Doctors staff wears red, opens wallets for hearts
Doctors Hospital of Manteca staff members wore red last week in support of the American Heart Association’s celebration of February as American Heart Month. Those gathered in the hospital lobby represented those who could break away from their assignments for a brief period to show their support for the national awareness effort. - photo by GLENN KAHL
Doctors Hospital of Manteca’s staff knows the importance of heart health.

They stepped up to the plate to demonstrate their connection with February being the American Heart Month and the “Go Red for Women” movement that hopefully will bring a greater awareness to the general public.

Heart disease reportedly kills more U.S. citizens than the other top four causes of death in the country – including several types of cancer.  This fact and the realization that heart disease can be beaten are primary reasons DHM is backing the American Heart Association’s movement for women.

The heart association noted that only a little more than half of the women surveyed realize that heart disease is their No. 1 killer.  Also fewer than half actually know what their doctors consider to be the healthy blood pressure levels as well as cholesterol levels.

Heart research has revealed that in nearly all of the American population heart disease is preventable and reversible as well.  A healthy lifestyle, controlling a healthy weight with the right exercise and a proper diet have been shown to correct serious cardiovascular problems.

The Center for Disease Control has also determined that some 70 percent of the events involving cardiac failure are in some way related to the patient’s weight.  The lack of exercise and inactivity among women is reportedly becoming an increasing problem with the onset of age.

The fatal incidents resulting from heart disease have been reduced in recent years with physicians being able to be more proactive before symptoms actually present themselves due to research and contemporary technology.

Last year alone an estimated 785,000 Americans suffered a new coronary attack.  Another 470,000 had a recurrent attack and within every 25 seconds nationwide some U.S. citizen will suffer a coronary event. About one person every minute will die from one, according to the AHA.