Babies delivered at HCA Midwest Health System hospitals during the month of February, including Centerpoint Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center and Research Medical Center, are sporting bright red beanies for a heartfelt cause. The newborns’ fashion statement is in honor of the American Heart Association’s 10th annual “Go Red for Women” movement to raise awareness of heart disease and the importance of heart health. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer of women.
The hospitals are part of HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City’s largest healthcare network, largest private-sector employer and provider of the most charity and uncompensated care in the area.
In addition to the tiny red caps that commemorate heart-healthy living, the newborns’ moms receive heart-healthy information outlining the benefits of a good diet, exercise and stress management program.
Darryl K. Nelson, chief medical officer of HCA Midwest, says the red cap symbolizes the importance of adopting a heart-healthy lifestyle beginning at an early age. “Heart disease is the no. 1 killer of women in this country, and educating women about the risks, signs and solutions is vital,” says Dr. Nelson. “Our cardiologists and physicians take a proactive role in helping women understand that at the heart of good health is good nutrition, physical activity and stress management. It’s a learn-and-live philosophy, and hopefully one that parents will pass to their children, too.”
Loren Meyer, MD, president of Midwest Physicians, part of HCA Midwest, emphasizes awareness of heart health is the first step to help women understand that heart disease can happen to them at any age, regardless of family history. “Complacency is not an option,” says Dr. Meyer. “Women must be proactive with their health and make good choices. It’s never too late—or too early—to start.”
For more information on women’s heart health and to schedule an appointment with a heart care specialist, call (888) 505-8880 or visit Midwest Heart & Vascular Specialists, part of Midwest Physicians, at MidwestHeartAndVascular.com.