Clinics ready to Go for Red for Women

Published 9:40 am Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin and Albert Lea are once again participating in the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign on Feb. 5.

Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin and Albert Lea are once again participating in the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign on Feb. 5.

Health leaders taking part in American Heart Month

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States and Mayo Clinic Health System wants to raise awareness and urge women to take steps in the fight against heart disease in women.

Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin and Albert Lea are once again participating in the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign on Feb. 5. Staff at all the medical centers in both communities will wear red that day and will encourage others to do the same. Local businesses and organizations are again invited to participate by encouraging their employees to wear red and by submitting a photo of their employees in red to the Mayo Clinic Health System Facebook page. The photos will be posted on the site throughout the day. Photos should be submitted to mchssocialmedia@mayo.edu.

“February offers a great opportunity to remind the community what the risk factors for heart disease and stroke are, as well as how one can control their risk factors,” Dr. Sandra Birchem, Mayo Clinic cardiologist, who sees patients at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea, said in a press release. “We also want our communities we serve to know that if you do have symptoms to suggest heart attack or stroke or know someone who does, we are here to help you, as well as prevention by improving your risk factors to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to reduce your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.”

Dr. Birchem will be one of the speakers at the upcoming Women’s Health Care Symposium scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Feb. 27 at Wedgewood Cover Golf Course in Albert Lea. The symposium is free and registration is required. To register call 507-668-2046.

For more information on preventing heart disease or to take a risk assessment, go to mayoclinichealthsystem.org/getchecked.