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Feb 18, 2015

Brooklyn, New York

Nursing student and NYM volunteer Nicholas Warndorff (left) takes a blood pressure reading at the Hospital

Nursing student and NYM volunteer Nicholas Warndorff (left) takes a blood pressure reading at the Hospital's Go Red for Women Day.

On February 6, 2015, New York Methodist Hospital recognized Go Red for Women Day, a national campaign sponsored by the American Heart Association to raise awareness about women's heart disease. NYM staff members and volunteers gave their time for the event, and provided more than one hundred attendees with free blood pressure screenings, information on heart healthy foods and consultations about how to manage heart medications.

"About half a century ago, nearly 700,000 men and women were lost to heart disease each year," says Terrence Sacchi, M.D., chief of cardiology at New York Methodist. "Though the population of the United States has almost doubled since then, the number of annual deaths due to heart disease has significantly decreased. Advances in technology and in collaborative surgical techniques for heart repair have been a key factor, but ultimately, good heart health must start at home. Go Red for Women is a great opportunity for New York Methodist to draw attention to heart health issues affecting women. More importantly, it is an opportunity to help the women in our community stop heart disease before it starts."

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