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The Christ Hospital Celebrates American Heart Month during February

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The Christ Hospital is proud to celebrate February as American Heart Month and salute the many hearts saved in the past year. As Greater Cincinnati’s Heart HospitalSM, we are working to educate more people that cardiovascular diseases, including heart attack, stroke and vascular disease, are the number one killer in the U.S. for both men and women. To raise awareness, The Christ Hospital tower in Mt. Auburn will be illuminated in red throughout the month of February.

“We are very fortunate to be living in a time when there are so many effective treatments for heart disease, but it is still vitally important to take proactive steps to protect your heart and your overall health,” said Susan Croushore, President and CEO of The Christ Hospital. “Take some time in February to learn about changes you can make – even small ones – that can make your heart stronger and add years to your life.”

Some risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as heredity, race and age, cannot be changed. However, you can reduce your risk by controlling weight, cholesterol, blood pressure and stress, as well as quitting smoking and increasing your activity level. Warning signs for heart attack differ for men and women. Men often experience chest discomfort, shortness of breath or arm pain, while women may feel indigestion-like pain, dizziness, nausea or vomiting. The longer you wait to seek treatment for a heart attack, the more your heart muscle deteriorates, increasing the likelihood of permanent damage or even death.

The Christ Hospital will offer many programs and events during the month of February so you can get involved in making your heart healthier!

Go Red!

The Christ Hospital is the official title sponsor of “Cincinnati Goes Red,” part of the American Heart Association’s Go Red campaign to educate women about the dangers of heart disease. According to the AHA, every year since 1984, more women than men have died of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. To help raise awareness, employees of The Christ Hospital will participate in National Wear Red Day on Friday, Feb. 4. The Christ Hospital will also participate in an American Heart Association Go Red For Women special TV program on Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. on WLWT-TV, Channel 5.

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Cooking with a Cardiologist

Feb. 10, noon – 1:30 p.m., at Garnish Catering, 9648 Kenwood Road. #2, Blue Ash

Learn about the symptoms and treatments of heart failure with Santosh Menon, M.D., medical director of The Carl H. & Edyth Lindner Heart Failure Treatment Center at The Christ Hospital. See Chef Kim’s demonstration of how to cook a low sodium meal. Seating is limited. R.S.V.P. for this FREE program by calling 513-585-1000.

Cardiology Updates

Feb. 16, 2 – 5 p.m., at The Christ Hospital, 2139 Auburn Ave., A-Level, Auditorium

Discover how cardiovascular disease can affect you from head to toe. Featured topics include heart rhythm, heart failure, acute coronary syndrome and vascular disease. Seating is limited. R.S.V.P. for this FREE program by calling 513-585-1000.

Log on!

Visit www.GetHealthyCincinnati.com during the month of February to learn about reducing your risk for heart disease and why it’s especially deadly for women.

Looking for a place to eat that offers menu items that are good for your heart? Visit www.TheChristHospital.com/Restaurant to learn about the many local restaurants that have partnered with The Christ Hospital to offer heart-healthy options..

Sign-up for our e-mail newsletterto receive fun, heart-healthy recipes and other tips at www.wellfedheart.com/TheChristHospital. You can also sign-up to receive Heart Matters, a quarterly magazine published by The Christ Hospital Heart and Vascular Center to bring you the latest information to help you care for your heart, at www.TheChristHospital.com/HeartMatters.

About The Christ Hospital: The Christ Hospital offers a wide range of medical, surgical and testing services at its main campus just north of downtown Cincinnati and at numerous outpatient and physician practice locations throughout Greater Cincinnati. Its mission is to provide the finest patient experience and improve the health of our community. For the past 11 years, The Christ Hospital has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top hospitals, and has been named Cincinnati’s Most Preferred Hospital for 15 consecutive years by National Research Corporation (NRC). The Christ Hospital has been granted Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for excellence in nursing care. For more information about the award-winning services of The Christ Hospital, visit www.TheChristHospital.com.

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