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Local Hospital To Sponsor Annual Go Red For Women Event

Free Heart Health Screenings to be provided by the Maine Heart Center's Take Charge! Program

October 28, 2009

Portland, ME - Maine's 5th annual Go Red For Women event will take place on Tuesday, November 10th from 4-7 p.m. at York County Community College in Wells.  At the event, "Don't Gamble With Your Heart: What Women Need to Know About Their Heart Health," the American Heart Association (AHA) will provide an opportunity for women to learn more about their number one health threat - cardiovascular disease - and how to prevent it. 

The Maine Heart Center at Maine Medical Center is proud to be the major sponsor of the event and will provide its Take Charge! heart disease risk screening to all who pre-register. This comprehensive screening and counseling program includes blood pressure, waist circumference, body mass index and total cholesterol and HDL profile as well as an assessment of medical and family history, smoking status, physical activity and nutrition. During one-on-one coaching sessions with a health counselor, attendees will receive a written report summarizing individual results. The screening helps people learn about their personal risks for heart disease so they can prevent health problems and then motivates them to work with their primary care provider to make critical lifestyle changes. 

According to the AHA, eighty percent of cardiac events in women could be prevented if women make the right choices for their hearts, involving diet, exercise and abstinence from smoking.  That's why Go Red For Women is teaching women across the country how to make small - yet life-saving - choices. This event will give Southern Maine women an opportunity to learn about their heart health and to take advantage of comprehensive health screenings provided by the Maine Heart Center's Take Charge! program.

The event will also include an expert medical panel available to answer attendee's questions about women's heart health moderated by Roberta Herman, MD, Interim Chief Operating Officer and Chief Medical Officer for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.  As Harvard Pilgrim's chief physician,
Dr. Herman oversees Harvard Pilgrim's clinical departments, including health promotion and disease management. She currently chairs the AHA's Board of Directors of Greater Boston and is an annual guest lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health.

The Maine Heart Center at Maine Medical Center will partner with the AHA on several local activities in 2010 and beyond to enhance the AHA's mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Some of these activities include the Go Red For Women Luncheon in Portland on February 4, 2010 and the Maine Heart Walk in May 2010.

For more information on these events, contact Roberta Zimmerman at the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association of Maine at 207.878.5700(phone)/207.879.5918 (fax) or 

Maine Medical Center (MMC) is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1864, MMC is the state’s largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing more than 6,000 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is a member of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in southern, central, and western Maine.

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Adriano Ciccomancini
MMC Marketing Manager
(207 662-5032


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